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Mobile technology being used to fight drug counterfeiting

In Nigeria, a survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that over 64% of imported malaria drugs were counterfeits.  The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control is attempting to counter this growing problem by offering an SMS authentication service.  Authentic anti-malaria drugs will come with a scratch-and-text label.  Users can scratch off part of the label to reveal a 10-digit authentication code.  Texting this 10-digit code will return a response stating whether or not the drugs are real.

 

http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/analysis/editorial/46590-drug-authentication-through-mobile-technology

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