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Manufacture Small Molecules, Technology and Equipment, Supply Chain

Security You Can’t Beat (but Can Eat)

This article was published in our sister publication, The Small Molecule Manufacturer, which celebrates the field of small molecule drug development and manufacturing with interviews and articles focusing on success stories, equipment, and new processing techniques. Read more about The Small Molecule Manufacturer here https://themedicinemaker.com/manufacture/small-but-never-forgotten

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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Maryam Mahdi

Associate Editor

After finishing my degree, I envisioned a career in science communications. However, life took an unexpected turn and I ended up teaching abroad. Though the experience was amazing and I learned a great deal from it, I jumped at the opportunity to work for Texere. I'm excited to see where this new journey takes me!

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