Centice has secured a patent covering sensor technology that the company plans to commercialize next year.

The patent applies to a process for use in pharmaceutical products. It will identify and verify prescription drugs in vials or bottles. The sensor works without the cap on the drugs having to be removed and replaced.

Centice has said its PASS Rx authentication sensor system can improve patient safety by improving quality-assurance processes.

The company, which has licensed technology developed at Duke University, had already secured patent coverage for its sensor platform. It has won five patents and is seeking 12 more.