United Kingdom : DNA-labelled excipients allow medicine authentication

A study conducted by scientists at King’s College London in collaboration with Dubai Police and Applied DNA Sciences is the first to assess adding DNA markers directly into a powder excipient mix. The researchers used standard pharmaceutical processing equipment to manufacture the 400mg lactose tablets, and found that the physical properties of the resulting pills – such as their hardness, uniformity and tendency to chip or crumble on compression – was unaffected by the DNA tags. DNA tags added to excipients during the manufacture of tablets remain stable and can be used for authentication – even after months of challenging environmental conditions.

Source : www.securingindustry.com

China : Medicine administration law enters into force

The amended law now introduces a “full traceability” procedure and a medicine recall system which also applies to online medicines. The amendment also increases minimum and maximum penalties: for example, fake medicines manufacturers are liable to a fine of 15 to 30 times their profits, compared to two to five times previously. The law also stipulates several cases where more severe penalties are applicable, such as manufacturing fake or substandard medicines for children and pregnant women.

Source : www.french.china.org

France : Medicines to be sold per dose in pharmacies?

As part of the French Anti-Waste bill, ministers voted on an amendment to permit the sales of medicines by unit in pharmacies. The provision, which was part of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign commitments in 2017, has yet to pass the discussion stage which will start on December 9 in the National Assembly. The amendment paves the way for pharmacies to dispense medicines in doses as of January 1, 2022, “when their pharmaceutical format makes this possible”. If the amendment is adopted, a decree will then have to outline “procedures for packaging, labeling, patient information and tracking”.

Source : www.actu.orange.fr

Afghanistan : Securing the medicine supply chain with blockchain

The Public Health Ministry of Afghanistan recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FantomOperation, a blockchain company, to bring in blockchain technology to the country’s health sector. According to Afghan Voice Agency (AVA), this initiative was taken in a bid to recognize fake medicines, digitize patients’ health records and establish medical registries in hospitals all over the country using blockchain technology. The Medicine Importers Union stated that: “at least 40% of medicine and medical equipment enter the Afghan market illegally and many of the pharmaceutical products are low quality”.

Source : www.coinfomania.com