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IBM has announced the availability of an offering that will allow pharmaceutical companies to create an electronic certificate of authenticity (known as an electronic pedigree or ePedigree) for every drug that passes through the supply chain. The offering allows all participants in the drug supply chainùmanufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, and hospitalsùsecure and on demand access to historical data on individual bottles or packages of medicine.

The ePedigree feature is a key capability of the new version of IBM's WebSphere RFID Information Center (RFIDIC), a high performance data repository that allows clients to efficiently manage and securely share information with trading partners to authenticate pharmaceuticals. Unlike competing solutions, the IBM offering was designed to manage and aggregate product serial numbers to enable processes in manufacturing plants, distribution centers, pharmacies, and hospitals.

IBM WebSphere RFID Information Center is already being used successfully by AmerisourceBergen, a "big-three" pharmaceutical distributor, in its Sacramento pilot, and by a large global pharmaceutical manufacturer. IBM is working closely with its customers in the pharmaceutical industry to enhance the product's capabilities.

ITAIDE, a global e-customs project, is also using WebSphere RFID Information Center to manage serial numbers relating to the global movement of shipping containers.

IBM's new ePedigree feature allows clients to comply with new and emerging regulations such as those that will take effect in California in 2009 using either RFID, 2D barcodes, or a combination of barcodes and RFID. The offering provides a flexible "track and trace" framework for generating ePedigrees through standards-based EPC Information Services. By establishing ePedigree via EPCIS events and queries, clients will also be able to easily access key data elements to solve other business needs such as charge-back resolution and expiration management.

"IBM's approach to ePedigree is unique in that it enables ePedigree compliance without significant impact to the existing business processes and legacy IT systems," said Shay Reid, AmerisourceBergen, Vice President, Integrated Solutions. "This system will be a helpful tool in our industry to comply with mandates, various trading partner requirements, and enable new business use cases."

For additional flexibility, customers using the new version of WebSphere RFID Information Center can set up rules for how their supply chains should work and what should happen if an exception to these rules occurs. To provide this capability, IBM has integrated the Coral8 Engineùcomplex event processing software from Coral8ùinto its product. Coral8 is providing a free deployment license to all IBM customers using the new version of WebSphere RFID Information Center for this purpose.

In addition to being fully compatible with the EPCglobal Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standard, the product also integrates with customer master data systems to provide additional business context using product, location and supplier information.

"Our ePedigree system will help manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies meet the regulatory requirements that will take effect in California on January 1, 2009," said Christian C. Clauss, director, Sensor Information Management, IBM Software Group.

Also new to WebSphere RFID Information Center version 1.1 are enhanced reporting tools and alerting capabilities. The reporting feature allows clients to access and analyze data using browser-based reports for faster decision making. The report data can be used for numerous business needs such as reverse logistics and inventory management. Through the new alerting feature, businesses can rapidly detect supply chain exceptions, such as a late shipment, and generate alerts to the appropriate personnel.

For more information on IBM WebSphere RFID Information Center, please visit: RFID.

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM's hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM's breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM's legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service.

For more information, visit: www.ibm.com.

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