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13.04.2015, Mainz

Fight counterfeit drugs with new SCHOTT Ampoules AC

Doped color rings with luminescent particles to facilitate verification of authentic medicines
SCHOTT provides pharmaceutical companies with an ingenious new tool in their fight against counterfeit drugs. SCHOTT Ampoules AC feature the colored rings which are typically used for ampoule identification, but in the new product, the ink is doped with luminescent nanoparticles. The rings cannot be distinguished with the naked eye from normal identification rings, which can be easily faked. A small detector, however, reveals the presence of the nanoparticles and confirms the authenticity of the product. In this way doctors and patients as well as retailers, pharmacies and customs authorities are able to quickly establish whether a drug is genuine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines counterfeiting of medicines as one of the most urgent problems prevalent in both developing and developed pharma markets. According to estimates about 1 in 10 of all drugs sold worldwide are ineffective copies of the original product. Counterfeiting can apply to both branded and generic products. This creates risks for patients as these drugs may contain no active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), an insufficient quantity of the same or the wrong ingredients altogether. At the same time, the manufacturer of the original drug loses a significant volume of sales due to the thriving trade in counterfeit drugs. With safety and commercial drivers both playing a part, there is a constant need for pharma companies to stay ahead, and find new "anti-counterfeiting" (AC) solutions – an issue now addressed with the introduction of the new range of SCHOTT Ampoules AC.

SCHOTT offers a wide range of ampoules that feature the anti-counterfeiting rings or dots. Available are B, C and D formats from 1 ml to 30 ml made of FIOLAX® clear or FIOLAX® amber glass. The luminescent particles are 5-20 microns in size and consist of an inorganic substance. They can be applied to the following HMF colors: white, yellow, green, blue, black and red. So, the multitude of combinations – ampoule shape and size, type of glass as well as color, shape and number of identification rings or dots including luminescent particles – looks set to make it easier for manufacturers to protect their products against counterfeiting.

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of 1.87 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment.
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Salvatore Ruggiero
Vice President Marketing and Communication
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55122 Mainz
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