Security You Can’t Beat (but Can Eat)
Combating counterfeits with edible tags
Maryam Mahdi |
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Researchers at Purdue University hope to stop drug counterfeiters in their tracks by adding edible security tags onto tablets (1). Despite efforts to use distinct markings, colorings and shapes to deter counterfeits, fake drug manufacturers are still able to infiltrate the market. The problem with current authentication techniques, according to the recently published paper, is that “they are symmetric” – if counterfeiters have access to the same techniques, they are easily replicated. Edible security tags are an advanced anticounterfeiting solution that provide “asymmetric” on-dose authentication down to the individual tablet.
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