Information management and tracking of drugs in supply chains within the pharmaceutical industry
Computer & Information Science
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.
Proceedings - 2011 8th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations, ITNG 2011
Wigand, R. T., Mande, D. M., & Wood, J. D. (2011). Information Management and Tracking of Drugs in Supply Chains within the Pharmaceutical Industry. 2011 Eighth International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations. https://doi.org/10.1109/itng.2011.93