Digitally Encoded Drug Tablets to Combat Counterfeiting


  • The authors thank Ghent University (BOF) for a scholarship to F.F. The members of the Laboratory of General Biochemistry and Physical Pharmacy are acknowledged for many helpful comments and discussions. We would like to acknowledge Professor Willy Lambert (Ghent University, Pharmacy Faculty) for helpful discussion and Aleksandra Dukic for contribution in the practical work.


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Designer labels: “In-drug labeling”, that is, the labeling of the drug instead of the packaging (see figure), would be a major step forward to combat counterfeiting. The digitally encoded microparticles described in this paper can be successfully incorporated in drug tablets and may become a major tool in combating counterfeiters of pharmaceuticals. The microparticles are also shown not to be toxic.