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

Published: 22 March 2016

ID: G00295584

Analyst(s): Andrew Stevens


Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a serious problem in African countries, with formal legislation not anticipated in the near term. Supply chain leaders must take responsibility now for protecting patients.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Counterfeit Medicines in Africa Present a Serious and Immediate Challenge
  • Don't Wait for Legislation; Assess Immediate and Near-Term Risk Profiles for Products Sold in African Countries; Protect Patients as a Priority for Products at Highest Risk of Potential Counterfeiting
  • Assess the Market for Mobile Technology Authentication Solutions to Immediately Protect Patients Against Counterfeit Products; Be Sure to Scope Tamper-Evident Packaging and Seals as Part of the Broader Solution
    • Mobile Scanning and Bar Code Solutions
    • SMS Text Messaging With Special Tamper-Evident Labels
    • Chemical or Molecular Screening Technology
    • Further Developing Authentication Technologies
    • Tamper Evidence and Secure Packaging
  • Consider Early Collaboration Opportunities for Piloting New Authentication Technology Solutions and Supply Chain Practices for Protecting Against Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals
  • Introduce Prequalification and Quality-Testing Steps Close to Points of Dispensation or Patient Use

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