A new forensic authentication feature for pharmaceutical labels is now offered by Schreiner MediPharm in cooperation with Applied DNA Sciences. SigNature® DNA is a high-security feature based on DNA markers with which pharmaceutical manufacturers can protect their products against counterfeiting and patients against potential health risks, say the companies. DNA markers are considered to be impossible to counterfeit and are recognized as forensic authentication evidence in courts of law.

If counterfeit medicines are put into circulation this may result in claims for damages by affected patients. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are able to counteract such illegal practices by providing their original products with forensic anti-counterfeiting features such as DNA markers. Using conventional printing techniques, Schreiner MediPharm flexibly and invisibly integrates this high-security technology from Applied DNA Sciences into existing label designs, it says.