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Africa to Combat Circulation of Counterfeit Medecine via SMS

Written By soen on Sunday, August 22, 2010 | 8/22/2010

Link2mobile. Circulation of fake medecine in the African region spelled worrisome. For cases such as malaria medecine, 30 percent of whom reported a counterfeit product. As a result, rather than cure, the drug actually becomes of death for the patient.

The background of these concerns, a number of governments in African countries started to clean up and find a solution to resolve the issue. One solution that is ready to run a project called mPedigree.

How the service developed by a Ghanaian entrepreneur named Bright Simons This is a simple glance. Because just using SMS aliases short messages from mobile phones to check the authenticity of a medecine.

So later if there is doubt about the authenticity of citizens who want to consume , so he can check via mPedigree drug. Just send your name and registration number to investigating medecine, soon he'll get an SMS reply about the medecine.

Information transmitted from the validity of these medications, what company made them, until the expiration date. Hopefully, with this solution no longer citizens of Africa who are victims of fake medecine.

Quoted from Cellular News, Monday (08/23/2010), mPedigree itself is currently being tested in Nigeria. Initially, this service specializes Nigerian government for malaria medecine.

Just be advised, because the fake malaria medecine into one of the medecine most widely used victim. The number is also unsparing, ie there are about 700,000 victims are dying because of malaria medecine and counterfeit Tubercolusis in Africa.

"Hence, with this system, the community is expected to be more confident with the drugs that will be consumed," said Julian Harris, a researcher from the International Policy Network.
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