A drug-authentication technology that used to track, trace and authenticate medications in Nigeria and Ghana is being deployed in India.

The technology developed by Hewlett-Packard has been previously used by mPedigree in Africa. The service allows pharmaceutical companies to monitor the movement of products through the global supply chain and protects consumers from counterfeit medicines that may invade the supply chain using cloud-based technology.

India’s pharmaceutical industry, estimated $21.04 billion in 2009, is a leading manufacturer and exporter of high-quality generic and patent drugs, but it has also ranked in the top countries for counterfeit medications, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which says that 75% of counterfeit drugs worldwide have some origins in India, reports Biotech Daily.

MPedigree is a non-profit based in Ghana that advocates for the development of strategies to fight medicine counterfeiting.

By S. Imber