India plans on building text message-based medicine identification system
- According to a govt survey on drugs, 3.16% of drugs tested were below standards.
- 0.02% of the drugs tested were found to be fake.
- Proposal to the government to print 14-digit unique codes on packaging to identify drugs.
In order to confront the problem, India's highest advisory body on drugs, Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (
A proposal has been drafted according to which consumers will be able to check whether the medicine that they purchased is genuine by texting a unique code printed on the packaging of the medicine to a hotline number, said a report on Livemint.
Initially, the government plans to build a data bank of 300 medicine brands and customers’ consumption patterns in various parts of the country. Further, companies that manufacture drug will be asked to print a unique 14-digit alphanumeric code on the packaging of the drug. Consumers can then check their authenticity by sending the code to a predesignated number.
Fake medicines lead to drug resistance and even cause a significant number of deaths according to public health reports. According to the
The government expects to bring down the percentage of substandard and
The Drug regulatory body has also been doing some risk-based inspection of drug manufacturing plants as a part of this initiative to match global standards.
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