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Pharmaceuticals

India to combat fake drugs with blockchain

Pilot project will use distributed cryptography system to address pharmaceutical counterfeiting

by K. V. Venkatasubramanian, special to C&EN
August 23, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 34

 

India has initiated a project to deploy blockchain technology to crack down on counterfeit drugs and ensure that consumers receive authentic products.

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), a government think tank, “is putting pharma supply chain management in blockchain for complete traceability of drugs from the manufacturer to consumer,” CEO Amitabh Kant said, addressing the International Blockchain Congress in Hyderabad on Aug. 4.

NITI has partnered with U.S.-based information technology giant Oracle and India’s Apollo Hospitals chain to implement the project. It plans to eliminate all channels of counterfeit medical products, including pharmaceuticals, by transferring the hospital chain’s complete inventory to a blockchain-powered system. The technology is expected to reduce fraud and better manage quality in the production and distribution of pharmaceutical products. The government hopes to get real-time visibility into all drugs produced in and exported from the country.

A blockchain is a continuously growing list of digital records, or blocks, that are linked using cryptography. Organizations that use the records share data control in ledgers that are replicated and synchronized across all participants.

India, the world’s largest producer of generic drugs, is a major player in counterfeit pharmaceutical manufacturing. Around 10% of medical products in low- and middle-income countries, including India, are substandard or falsified, according to the World Health Organization. India supplies 40% of generics consumed in the U.S.

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jkoster (August 30, 2018 4:52 AM)
Greetings.
It is a shame that the major global pharmaceutical companies are dependent from manufacturing and supply from China & India. When something happens like an earthquake ( not uncommon in China ), the supply chain stops and the patients in the rest of the world, serviced by these global pharma companies might no longer be able to get their medication. There should be a Plan B for every pharma company , dependent on supply from Asia.
I wonder if these Plan B's exist. Look at German Company Hoechst, which was once the largest producer of pharmaceuticals in the world . Now Hoechst doesn't exist anymore. In shambles. Tempora Mutantur.

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