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Kindus at the Pharmacy Show 2017

Kindus attended the Pharmacy Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 7th – 8th October 2017. It was our first ‘big ticket’ event as an exhibitor and we would like to thank the people who chatted with us, both delegates and fellow exhibitors. We certainly learnt a lot and should like to hope that the […]

Drug Serialisation for the Dispenser

From a development viewpoint there is no need to develop a method to read serialisation codes if those codes do not yet exist. Consider the tin cans used to store food, these were in use for some years before a can opener was invented. The early cans were used to store food on long sea […]

Breaches of USA medical health information

The USA medical breach data for the last 2 years is displayed as a sortable list and can be downloaded as a Spread Sheet or CSV file  for further analysis.  At the time of writing there are 354 entries from 500 individuals affected up to 10,000,000 although with the latter being such a nice round number some […]

Combatting Counterfeit Drugs

In the EU a manufacturer must be a licensed Marketing Authorisation Holder to distribute prescription drugs. This authorisation is for a named drug and packet size. Many pharmaceutical companies will have multiple authorisation licenses. Part of the retail cost of those drugs will be to offset the development and licensing expenditure and promote further product […]

Computer based fraud

Financial Fraud Action UK represents the UK banking and credit industry’s campaign to combat financial losses from fraud. It is difficult to specify to what extent fraud is a computer based crime.  Gaining information to impersonate someone’s identity for personal gain could be achieved through social media searches, emails and spoof websites or through redirecting […]

UK Cybercrime statistics

The UK government Office for National Statistics publicises yearly crime statistics for England and Wales, the most recent being from March 2017.   The data runs from April of one year to March of the next.  This fits in nicely with the tax year and the old English New Year which was unfortunately changed by the Calendar […]

Lessons in handling data disasters

Over the UK bank holiday weekend of 28th and 29th May British Airways flights were cancelled and delayed.  News reports highlighted customers waiting around airports unable to get any information from BA.  In some cases the congestion was so great that passengers were not able to get into the airport to join the queues inside. […]

EU Serialisation Update

The EU Falsified Medicines Directive is expected to come into force in the UK on 9th February 2019. By this date prescription medicines (with very few exceptions) will need to be distributed in tamper proof packs labelled with 2D barcodes displaying a unique serial number for every pack. With its combination of computer security experience, […]

NHS affected by worldwide ransomware attack

Ransomware attacks on individuals and organisations have become the new go-to tool for hackers and criminals.  The vast number of affected machines (170,000+) and wide geographical scope of the May 12th attack brought ransomware into the public view.  The agent is believed to be Wana Decrypt0r 2.0.  The common points of delivery of ransomware agents had […]

EU Falsified Medicines Directive – State of Play

The process to apply to provide serialised data to the EU central authority (hub) is live. The European Medicines Verification Organisation (EMVO) has provided figures from a workshop in Brussels held on 13th December 2016 that give feedback on the state of play. Other information on the EMVO site from pages dated March 2017 indicates […]