Monday, 15 November 2004

RFIDs on prescription bottles

Viagra and Oxycontin bottles will soon be tagged with RFID chips, under a new FDA initiative to discourage theft and counterfeiting.

"Right away, for the first time ever, a cop can say 'that bottle came from a crime scene and this suspect is in possession of stolen property'," [Purdue Pharma chief security officer Aaron] Graham said.

(Purdue Pharma is the manufacturer of Oxycontin, a narcotic.)

Maybe I’m missing something, but what will stop thieves from just removing the pills from the bottles and throwing the bottles away?

If the “war on drugs” didn’t have such a high cost in human freedom, the ineffectual antics of the drug warriors would be a laugh riot.

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I guess the theory is that most of these thefts are in such big batches that it would be a pain in the ass to transfer the contents to new bottles. Plus I’d imagine that the retail value of drugs that aren’t in factory sealed containers would be much lower.

Mind you, I don’t think it’s a particularly good theory and agree that this whole exercise is largely a consequence of the muddled thinking behind the WOSD.

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