Nigeria is currently experiencing a crippling problem with fake pharmaceuticals with drug cartels moving into the highly lucrative potential of counterfeit medicine including anti-malarials. Thousands of cartons of fake and substandard pharmaceuticals are pouring into the country from criminal gangs in China and Africa. Now, the Nigerians have started applying the technology of mobile phones to provide a safeguard against these counterfeits.
The Nigerian authorities are compeling pharma companies to put unique identifiers onto every single packet of medicine that they ship to Nigeria, obscured by a silver scratch panel, identical to those used on lottery scratchcards. Nigerian consumers can now use a closed loop system to confirm the authenticity of their medicine.
Defeating counterfeiting is always going to be an arms race between the authorities and the criminal gangs but even this relatively low-tech approach will help to save many lives in Nigeria and make the counterfeiter’s job that much harder. There are many ways in which EEDDs can be used to enhance compliance and provide a better patient experience from relatively low tech solutions, such as that employed by Nigeria, to sophisticated patient monitoring technology.
Andy’s presentation from last year:
Are electronically enabled delivery devices (EEDDs) the future? from Team Consulting Ltd