Protection of packaging against counterfeiting

28 June 2021

Falsification of medicinal products is a global phenomenon. This practice poses a direct threat to human health and life, and the falsification process may affect not only the medicinal product itself but also the packaging in which the medicine is stored. For this reason, one of the most important priorities of Akomex Group is to maintain a high production standard which as a result, is intended to release onto the market packaging which meets all the criteria for proper protection against counterfeiting.

Pharmaceutical companies, responding to the increasingly widespread phenomenon of falsification of their products, often forced by top-down legal regulations, implement complex protection systems. The process of protecting the cardboard box against falsification itself should be multi-stage. It is important that it involves not only the drug manufacturer but also a printing house manufacturing the packaging. Trust for the packaging provider, broad cooperation with the customer at the stage of product implementation, innovation and technological readiness, and the printing houses’ compliance with standards, regulations and Good Manufacturing Practice constitute the basis for the cardboard box coming from the production line to meet the criteria enabling its falsification to be hindered – to include elements that will allow its identification and distinguishing it from a counterfeit. Akomex Group, a stable and trustworthy partner for cooperation, offers a number of possibilities that allow effective packaging protection.

One of the ways successfully used in production is the coin reactive protection. It is an application of a special, invisible paint on the packaging, which is visible in contact with copper, e.g. by rubbing with the edge of the coin.

Another method is the use of a special combination of gloss-mat varnishes, thereby having the twin effect protection. The effect of such varnishing will not be visible on the surface of the packaging until the wall is tilted. This method allows to secure the entire packaging by printing small texts or company logo on its entire surface.

Another way is a protection called microprint. This technology consists of printing microscopic information on the surface of the packaging, which is not visible to the naked eye. Only a large magnification makes it possible to read encrypted data.

The latent code is a security method consisting in printing small, invisible to the naked eye elements on the entire surface of the carton. Only a significant magnification makes it possible to see microdots in which the information securing the product is encoded.

An interesting way is also a protection consisting in identification of the early opening of the package. This method is based on a special design of closing flaps using a variety of structures and perforations. In this case, opening the packaging will cause permanent and visible damage (breaking of perforations). This method also applies to the sealing of specially prepared closing flaps while packing the medicine, the breakage of which will only allow the packaging to be opened. It may also be interesting to seal the closing flap with a special label, which, when removed, will damage the packaging.

Apart from the above methods, Akomex Group successfully applies individual and customised packaging security solutions and is ready to implement even the most demanding ones in terms of preventing falsification of production.

It is important that the process of protecting the cardboard box from counterfeiting commences already at the stage of creating the production file – development of the graphic layout. What is more, it is important that, even during the project, the safeguards to be applied are well-thought-of and planned. This will allow to avoid errors and difficulties at the beginning and significantly reduce the time of putting the product into production, and, above all, it will allow to achieve the most important objective, which is undoubtedly production of safe packaging.

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