In the global fight to combat counterfeit drug crime, simple SMS technology is leading the charge for patient safety. 

A simple and low-cost solution to drug verification problems for patients, SMS text verification empowers consumers to protect themselves from counterfeit drugs by sending a numeric code from their drug packaging from their phone for free verification.  We’ll be discussing this and other technological innovations in the counterfeit drug fight at the 2012 Interchange on September 28, 2012.

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In the global fight to combat counterfeit drug crime, simple SMS technology is leading the charge for patient safety. 

A simple and low-cost solution to drug verification problems for patients, SMS text verification empowers consumers to protect themselves from counterfeit drugs by sending a numeric code from their drug packaging from their phone for free verification.  We’ll be discussing this and other technological innovations in the counterfeit drug fight at the 2012 Interchange on September 28, 2012.

SMS verification started in Tanzania as a pilot program in 2009.  The SMS For Life program is a public-private partnership for verification of Malaria treatments that has allowed rural participants to easily track scarce antimalarials, and verify the authenticity of the antimalarials they possess

Since then, SMS verification technology has been adopted in other countries including The Gambia, Kenya, Nigeria, India and Ghana using various SMS verification systems such as Sproxil’s MPA and Pharmasecure’s Verify My Medicine.

The Partnership For Safe Medicines 2012 Interchange, held at the National Press Club, in Washington, DC, is a gathering of policymakers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, patient advocates, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and anti-counterfeiting companies coming together to discuss the safety, health, and legal issues of counterfeit medications.  Learn about the current anti-counterfeiting technology being developed at the 2012 Interchange.

By S. Imber