From “contaminated milk powder” to “problematic vaccines”, “cross-border trafficking of counterfeit drugs” to “network sales of counterfeit drugs,” food and drug safety issues continue to challenge consumers’ nerves. It has special significance for the anti-counterfeiting, safety and traceability of drugs.
According to the statistics of the Ministry of Commerce, the total sales of pharmaceutical products in my country in 2019 reached 1661.3 billion yuan, of which the sales of pharmaceutical products dominated, accounting for 74.2% of the total sales of the seven categories. It can be seen that the rigid demand of society has continuously expanded the scale of China’s pharmaceutical market, but the subsequent drug safety issues are not uncommon and have aroused people’s attention.
In the process of research and development, production, circulation, and use of drugs, strict requirements and specifications are required for them to play a normal role. Among these materials, information such as production date, production batch number, main ingredients, scope of application, shelf life and other information is an important basis for anti-counterfeiting and anti-counterfeiting and traceability of drugs. The laser marking machine can print a variety of characters, symbols, patterns, etc. The size of the marking machine can range from millimeters to micrometers, which has special significance for the anti-counterfeiting and safety of medicines.
Laser marking is a marking method that uses high-energy-density lasers to irradiate locally to evaporate or discolor the material, thereby leaving a permanent mark. The current applications of laser marking machines in the pharmaceutical industry are mainly concentrated in two aspects:
Labeling of drug packaging
Pharmaceutical packaging materials refer to materials that meet product packaging requirements, such as the production of packaging containers, packaging and bagging, packaging and printing, and packaging and transportation. The packaging materials have different uses and properties. The pharmaceutical industry pays attention to safety and health, and has high requirements for product labeling.
Conventional packaging materials use printing technology. Before packaging, the drug information is printed with packaging materials before packaging. However, printing technology uses printing as the main method, and printing uses volatile substances, the quality is difficult to guarantee, and contains chemical residues; in addition, the volatile substances used in printing allow criminals to take advantage of opportunities, and it is difficult to track them. source.
Moreover, laser marking is a non-contact and pollution-free marking method, which can not only meet the use of multiple packaging materials, but also can easily erase or invert all the information marked on pharmaceutical packaging materials. It is anti-counterfeit and ensures circulation. The traceability of drug information in, as long as there is a problem in one link, the relevant code can be used to find the source of the problem.
Information sign of the drug itself
This technology can perform laser marking on metals, plastics, wood and other materials, and its scope has been extended to the medical field. Mark the specifications and models on the medicine to make it a part of the medicine itself. For example, capsule marking. The previous marking method for the medicine capsules we eat is the imprinting method, which is the imprinting method directly on the capsule. Although this imprinting method is not many, it has direct harm to the human body. Using laser marking technology, it is possible to engrave, portray, etc. on drug capsules, effectively preventing drug contamination. At the same time, the laser marking machine does not require any material consumption compared with the traditional marking machine, and the printed medicine has no toxic side effects.
All in all, the laser marking machine provides anti-counterfeiting labels and information storage for medicines, ensuring the safety of medicines, and saving ink and other raw materials for manufacturers.
The laser technology of the laser marking machine helps medicines to be traced safely.
By 2020, my country’s pharmaceutical distribution industry will achieve transformation, upgrading and innovative development. Network + business model and cross-border integration will become an important means of drug safety traceability. In addition, network + laser technology uses big data as an important means to improve drug safety.
Due to the laser marking technology for marking medicines, it has stable reliability and durability. The marking information is clear and intuitive, with strong anti-strike force, and it is not easy to be altered and erased, which guarantees the anti-counterfeiting of medicines. Economically, laser sign technology can greatly improve work efficiency, not only saving manpower and material resources, but also saving manpower and material resources.
With the help of “Internet +”, the combination of big data and cloud computing, as long as the use of drug label information, Internet technology can be used to query the production, circulation, and use of drugs. Make up for the shortcomings of the pharmaceutical distribution industry in the supply of public products and services. For example, the quality and safety of the circulation links, the supply of rural and border areas, the supply of low-value consumables and small varieties, the reserve of emergency medicines and medical equipment for post-disaster epidemic prevention, and the improvement of medical service capabilities.