Pharmaceutical Case Study: Cephalon

May 25, 2007 Impinj

Cephalon Case Study

Evaluating Company

Cephalon, Inc. is an international biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and marketing of innovative products in four core therapeutic areas: central nervous system, pain, oncology and addiction. The company currently markets six proprietary products in the United States: PROVIGIL® (modafinil) Tablets [C-IV], FENTORA™ (fentanyl buccal tablet) [C-II], ACTIQ® (oral transmucosal fentanyl citrate) [C-II], GABITRIL® (tiagabine hydrochloride), TRISENOX® (arsenic trioxide) injection, and VIVITROL® (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension).

Pilot Program History

Cephalon began evaluating RFID technology in 2004. The initial phase of the pilot program, which captured the movements of placebo product and prototype packaging in a distribution center, was completed in December 2005. Phase 2 of the pilot program, completed in July 2006, consisted of shipping tagged product to an RFID-enabled wholesaler. Cephalon is currently implementing phase 3 of the pilot program which tests RFID-tagged cases and pallets in a manufacturing environment.

Pilot Goals

  • large number of RFID tags for the many garments it treats. They needed a system that that would only identify tags that were ready for shipment and not those that were located in other locations throughout their facility.
  • Evaluate the performance (sensitivity and receptivity) of the Impinj UHF Gen 2 Speedway reader

Testing Facility Description

Testing was conducted at ADT's RFID active warehouse test facility in Boca Raton, Florida, which is an officially accredited EPCglobal Performance Test Center.The facility models Cephalon's production environment with dock door portal and conveyor configurations, RFID tagged pallets and cases and metal content packaging.

Challenges and Desired Outcomes

Significantly improved packaging line throughput and tag read reliability over RFID Gen 1 implementation with pallets and cases of pharmaceutical product with inner product packaging constructed of densely packed metallic blister material (typically difficult packaging material for RFID systems).

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