Boehringer Ingelheim activities
Supply chain integrity
Control and traceability are key principles in the fight against counterfeits in the legitimate supply chain. This includes the physical control of those involved, i.e. only working with trustworthy, auditable and certified partners. We are also implementing serialisation and track and trace solutions with machine-readable barcodes to the marketed pack. These codes will allow the authentication of the product in the pharmacy and-/-or the tracking of the product through the complete supply chain.
We implement product security technology to impede the production of counterfeit copies of our products and to make them distinguishable from our own products.
Rapid reporting and open communication
Detected counterfeit cases of our products are reported globally. We ensure that authorities are properly informed and decide on appropriate next steps.
Investigation and prosecution
Cross-functional teams are handling upcoming cases and regularly review the general situation on local, regional and global levels. We cooperate, among others, with investigators and criminal prosecutors to prevent the sale of counterfeit products and to call persons involved to account.
Boehringer Ingelheim is in contact with customs and other stakeholders to raise awareness of counterfeit pharmaceuticals.
Additionally we take part in anti-counterfeiting task forces across industries.