Patented Serialized Security Label Offers Counterfeit Solution To Meet Pharma Regulations

Covectra’s New StellaGUARD Label Uses Smartphone Technology To Provide Real Time Authentication and Traceability

WESTBOROUGH, MA – MARCH 20, 2017 – This week, Covectra®, a serialization, authentication, and track and trace technology services provider, announced the launch of its patented StellaGUARD Security Label. The label, which is embedded with stars arranged in unique and random patterns and contains a serialized GS1 2D barcode, enables real time authentication and serialized pedigree tracking through the use of a mobile app developed by Covectra.

The StellaGUARD label, which can be applied to practically any package and material was developed by Covectra in anticipation of the EU’s 2019 Falsified Medicines Directive requirement for tamper evident seals on all pharma and OTC primary packages. The security label is integrated with Covectra’s EPCIS Certified AuthentiTrack® database, which now is managing over 2 billion serial numbers. This enables the StellaGUARD label to be used not just for rapid authentication, but also for diversion detection and isolation as well.

“Our new, patented StellaGUARD solution offers two layers of protection, leveraging the benefits of a barcode and connecting it with an image of a random pattern of “stars” embedded in a label, providing instantaneous authentication and copy-detect protection,” stated Covectra President, Steve Wood. “Since barcodes can be easily copied, this new solution makes counterfeiting virtually impossible – which is especially critical when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry when counterfeit goods can be life threatening,” he added.

Using smartphone technology a user can scan the 2D barcode with a mobile device, and a photographic image is taken with the smart phone. The app’s software then identifies and validates the barcode. Upon authentication, product information and customized marketing messages can also be displayed by the brand owner.

Covectra will be exhibiting the StellaGUARD security label along with its new ATLAS L1/L2/L3 site/line serialization system at this year’s Interphex in New York City from March 21-23. Covectra can be found at Booth #1728. If you have additional questions or would like to line up an appointment to speak with one of our brand protection experts, please contact us at 508-621-7320.


Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, Covectra offers multi-layered brand integrity and protection solutions, including its serialization-based AuthentiTrack® technology, which includes serial number generation, event repository and event repository management; packaging line serialization, and front-end software applications such as ControlTrack to utilize serial numbers for a variety of business benefits, including counterfeit detection, adherence, and returns verification.

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