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Assessment of Track-and-Trace and Serialization Legislation for Life Science Companies, Africa

Published: 22 July 2015

ID: G00276710

Analyst(s): Andrew Stevens


Counterfeit products are flooding into Africa, with most countries yet to implement track-and-trace and serialization legislations. Supply chain leaders responsible for compliance, with revenue streams in the region, must assess products at immediate risk and protect patient safety.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Counterfeit Medicines in Africa Present a Serious and Immediate Challenge
  • Assess Near-Term Risk Profiles for Products Sold in Africa — Don't Wait for Legislation
  • For the Highest-Risk Products, Assess and Deploy Mobile Supply Chain Technology Authentication Solutions Immediately
    • Mobile Scanning and Bar Code Solutions
    • SMS Text Messaging With Special Tamper-Evident Labels
    • Chemical or Molecular Screening Technology
  • Secure the Supply Chain by Introducing Prequalification and Quality-Testing Steps Close to Points of Dispensation or Patient Use
  • Co-develop a Strategy to Reinforce Initial User Adoption Rates and Information Promotion

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