Today’s manufacturers, regardless of what they produce, have no choice but to follow private sector and government required mandates. As examples, two particular industries, namely, the pharmaceutical and food industries have very specific and important mandates to ensure consumer safety.
Counterfeit drugs entering the supply chain is a growing problem around the world. Consumer and patient safety is crucially important within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, as well as, the eroding bottom lines of most pharmaceutical companies due to counterfeit medications infiltrating the supply chain. Vigorous action is being mandated by local, State, and Federal governments such as California’s ePedigree law (http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/about/e_pedigree_laws.shtml) and the U.S. Federal legislation that requires the implementation of track-and-trace solutions.