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What’s New with RFID Tags on Drugs?

RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) Tags were a good security measure to come up with – or is it really? Well, the US Department of Defense came up with it and announced such matter even on the web through a post at the RFid Gazette (http://www.rfidgazette.org/2004/10/pentagon implem.html) by Jimmy Atkinson on October 12, 2004. According to the news on October, 2004, the US Department of Defense plans to use wireless tags to manage its healthcare supplies and supply chains. Further, the Pentagon had assured that the RFID tags will provide the US military with ‘global transit visibility’.

RFID should simplify moving, storing and distributing essential supplies such as drugs and medical consumables from bases in the United States to wherever US forces are in action around the world. This is an innovation to much the growing active international role by the US military. All the contracts with suppliers that have been signed from October 1, 2004 are required already to feature the technology. Then during the new year of the present year, 2005, the RFID tags were already in full implementation. This Pentagon decision of wireless-tagging is a follow-up on the wireless-tagging project carried out by the IBM.

There are no reports, however, of how effective and important, the tag became for the IBM. There are two kinds of tags: the passive and the active ones. The Pentagon is using both passive and active tags. And now, they are already in use. But, I am at a loss on what wondrous results to the efficiency in supplying medical supplies this wireless-tagging thing had done to the defense corps. Does this improve the naval, ground, marine and aerial forces of the US Department of Defense’s chance for adequate medical supply? Does this solve the problem of immediate medical rescue and attention for the gallant soldiers and agents of the Pentagon? I think that before ever these wireless-tagging innovations be prioritized, the issue of adequate and sufficient medical supply for the thousands of recruits and forces be addressed first by the US Department of Defense. It’s not bad to do practices that feature technological advances to secure these drugs. It’s not even bad to find ways of efficient handling, storage and distribution. But first of all, they must concern themselves on the sufficiency of the drugs they will be handling, storing and distributing, before anything else. Now, is that too much to ask? So, what’s new with RFID tags? Does it solve the problem of the rank and file forces of the US defense corps? ZZZZZZ .


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