Item-level RFID provides complete automation and ensures visibility of various supply chain processes

Using RFID, error prone tasks such as manual counting and item-level scanning are eliminated. This limited disruption to natural workflow increases adoption and compliance and creates multiple efficiencies. Using RFID allows you to reduce process steps, optimize labor resources, avoid errors and enhance data collection.

The suite of IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions employs radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to manage pharmaceutical inventory: 

For Hospital and Health System Pharmacies

In hospital and health system pharmacies, use of RFID is often driven by greater emphasis on patient safety, staff efficiency and inventory cost control.


  • Replenishment and distribution of anesthesia and emergency medication kits and trays in hospital pharmacies: The IntelliGuard® Kit and Tray Management System uses advanced RFID technology to automate medication kit and tray replenishment for faster processing and reduced errors. The System can inventory more than 150 items in seconds, providing details as to what's missing, what's expired and what's soon-to-expire in medication kits, trays, tackle boxes and fanny packs/duffel bags. 
  • Secure operating room storage and access to medications and narcotics: The IntelliGuard® Linked Visibility Inventory System™ uses patented and exclusive RFID technology to automatically collect actionable medication inventory data at the point-of-care, without requiring manual counting, paper recording or item-level scanning. Offering secure access, constant, real-time visibility and reliable use metrics crucial for charge capture validation.
  • Refrigerators and controlled temperature cabinets that automatically monitor inventory: The IntelliGuard® Smart Cabinet Inventory System offers RFID-enabled Controlled Temperature Cabinets (CTCs) for high-value, critical-dose pharmaceuticals. By automatically updating cabinet inventory each time the door is closed, pharmacy managers can quickly identify expired or recalled medication and detect shortages to avoid stock-outs.

Why RFID?For Manufacturers and Distributors

RFID automation in pharmaceutical supply chain saves thousands of dollars in optimizing labor, reducing supply waste and lowering carrying costs while providing data driven insight to optimize revenue.

  • Refrigerators and controlled temperature cabinets that automatically monitor inventory: The IntelliGuard® Vendor Managed Inventory System offers RFID-enabled Controlled Temperature Cabinets to manufacturers / distributors to confidently maintain consignment inventory. The System continuously monitors critical-care product inventory to allow automatic replenishment and billing of products as they are used. The System also monitors product expiration dates to allow you to proactively pull and replace inventory well before its beyond-use date.

How RFID Technology Can Help Drug Safety. Read article in Pharmacy Practice News


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How do the IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions work?

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The IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions process begins by placing a small RFID tag onto medication packages. The RFID tag consists of an antenna and a chip that contains a unique identifier.

Using the IntelliGuard® RFID-enabled workstation (scanner/reader), product information/data such as manufacturer, medication name, NDC number, lot number and expiration date is associated with the unique identifier and placed into a relational database.

Once the product information/data is placed into the relational database, the data is utilized throughout the application. The pharmacy is outfitted with IntelliGuard® Inventory Solutions’ hardware (kit and tray management workstations and/or inventory management controlled temperature cabinets). The IntelliGuard® System(s) is used to read the RFID tags of all product inventory. All inventory is counted simultaneously (this can take as little as 3-7 seconds).

In the IntelliGuard® Kit and Tray Management System, any missing, expired or soon-to-expire medications are identified so replenishment can happen quickly and accurately. Alerts are programmed to support optimized workflow processes.

The IntelliGuard® Smart Cabinet and Linked Visibility Inventory Systems™, update inventory each time the cabinet door or Station drawer is closed. Perpetual inventory counts are maintained, and forward notifications of soon-to-expire medications are enabled.

For all IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions, data is made available via a robust reporting suite to enable confident, informed decision making.