Clariant, Sicpa unveils new protection solution medical devices

Clariant, Sicpa unveils new protection solution for medical devices

10:34 AM, 22nd November 2016
The PLASTIWARD solution includes a secure inspection platform from SICPA to enable real-time monitoring.
The PLASTIWARD solution includes a secure inspection platform from SICPA to enable real-time monitoring.

MUMBAI, INDIA: Clariant and Sicpa SA, a trusted provider of global security solutions, have collaborated to develop and unveil a strong integrated protection for plastic pharmaceutical packaging or medical devices, PLASTIWARD.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 8 percent of the medical devices in circulation are forged, and Interpol estimates $75 billion in fake pharmaceuticals enter the market every year. Obviously, fake medical devices pose an important liability to their manufacturers and a risk of injury, permanent disability, or even death to both patients and healthcare providers.

The mission of safe access to treatments remains a challenge to medical devices and pharmaceutical companies despite investments in fighting forgeries. As it is well accepted that layers of security features are necessary, the unique features of PLASTIWARD can help reinforce this approach.

The system works like this: exclusive covert taggant additives, produced by Sicpa, are delivered to one of Clariant's ISO13485-certified plants where MEVOPUR brand controlled, consistent, compliant materials are produced. There, the taggants are incorporated into the various polymers used in medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging, either in a concentrated masterbatch form or as a finished polymer compound. The taggants then become part of the eventual plastic product, where they are readily detectable using Sicpa's proven deployment and monitoring platform.

Once the tagged product enters the supply stream, the Sicpa monitoring system is able to identify them at any point from factory to pharmacy. Products can be instantaneously authenticated at any point using a handheld detector. That data gets uploaded and aggregated on a secure inspection platform from Sicpa that facilitates real-time monitoring at global, regional or local levels so that action can be taken quickly if necessary.

"PLASTIWARD offers medical-device and pharmaceutical packaging companies a two-in-one approach. As part of its value proposition, our unique solution offers clients one seamless package comprising: security assessment, a definition of their needs, security system design, system deployment and on-going performance monitoring,” said Steve Duckworth, head of global segment healthcare polymer solutions at Clariant.

"In fighting against the counterfeiting epidemic, we have to stay ahead through innovation. For plastic medical devices, Sicpa combined innovation expertise with Clariant to develop PLASTIWARD, so that our clients can focus on the needs of their patients and doctors," said Yann Ischi, director of new channels and partnerships at Sicpa.

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