Detecting Deadly Medicine

Technology—from scanners to artificial intelligence to blockchain—could be a partial solution to detecting counterfeit medicines, which can be fatal to patients and increase bacterial resistance to effective drugs.

A handheld scanner developed by the Nigerian startup RxAll, for example, can link to a database to determine in real time if a particular drug is a match with the actual drug’s chemical makeup. Artificial intelligence keeps the database updated.

“The app also shows you the other parts of your city that the drug has been tested in, meaning you can see where bad patches and bad suppliers are,” says Adebayo Alonge, an RxAll cofounder.

The Guardian

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