Title

Information management and tracking of drugs in supply chains within the pharmaceutical industry

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Department

Computer & Information Science

Abstract

The authors examine information management and tracking of drugs in supply chains within the pharmaceutical industry. The focal concern in this setting is counterfeit drugs, a dilemma of paramount importance for public health and the well-being and safety of patients. The authors advocate RFID and related technologies, including EPCglobal's Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) and IBM's RFID Information Center system that, in turn, provide a suitable infrastructure for the tracking and tracing of uniquely identifiable, i.e. mass-serialized, products throughout the supply chain. A two-pronged theoretical framework is presented utilizing Transaction Cost Theory and Collective Action Theory to view the present research setting. Several regulatory efforts and compliance regimes are presented and a call for collective action for all stakeholders within the supply chain in the pharmaceutical industry is advanced. © 2011 IEEE.

DOI

10.1109/ITNG.2011.93

First Page

500

Last Page

507

Publication Title

Proceedings - 2011 8th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations, ITNG 2011

ISBN

9780769543673

Comments

At the time of publication, Jerry D. Wood was affiliated with University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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