*Corresponding A Review on Anti-Counterfeit Packaging and Use of ICT Tools to Combat the Issue of Counterfeiting

Soumya, Y Chowdary, Soumya, Sai, Manoj Chowdary
2012 International Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biological Archives   unpublished
Counterfeit medical products have been detected in most of WHO's Member States and in all its regions. Cases have involved widely-used medicines such as atorvastatin and paracetamol, limited-use medicines such as growth hormone, paclitaxel, and filgrastim, erectile dysfunction medicines, and medical devices such as contact lenses, condoms, surgical meshes, and diagnostic test strips used by diabetic patients to monitor their blood glucose concentrations. Both expensive products and cheap ones,
more » ... ts and cheap ones, generic and branded products are being counterfeited, that they emerge in community pharmacies and hospitals, as well as in other less-regulated settings. Counterfeit drugs may lead to death in severe cases such as heart attack, epilepsy, angina pectoris, in such condition anti-counterfeit drugs acts as weapon to avoid tragedy. Many methods have been developed till date to combat the problem. Use of 2-barcodes, holograms, active/covert systems such as RFID and 2D-encryption were adopted but still the counterfeiters were able to replicate and evade them. However, now-a-days this problem can be successfully tackled by leveraging the ubiquitous ICT tools. By making presence of these tools mandatory by all manufacturing units and chemists and by educating people about this universal menace, this hitch can be diminished.