“Speaking today at a conference, top DOD officials said they would like to eventually use RFID systems to not only manage the department’s supply chain but also gather precise information about the deterioration of parts such as Humvee tires in sustained combat operations.”
“FDA officials called on pharmaceutical manufacturers in February to apply RFID tags on bulk packages of drugs, which usually contain 500 to 1,000 pills, in an effort to combat drug counterfeiting. But now they think tags can support more of the drug supply chain, such as individual “unit of use packaging” for patients, said Paul Rudolf, senior advisor for medical and healthcare policy at the FDA.
Use of that frequency won’t work in hospital settings, Rudolf said, because it is also used for telemetry from medical devices. To avoid a conflict between medical telemetry systems and tags used to track drugs, Rudolf said, FDA officials are pushing the use of tags and readers that operate in the 13.56 Mhz range.”