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Mobile app identifies fake drugs

1 April 2019

A mobile application known as Tambua, Tambua being a Kiswahili word for identify, is helping people to identify fake medicines. According to the WHO, 10% of medicines  are fake or sub-standard and cause the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases such as malaria and pneumonia each year.

According to Nudi, the Kenyan developer of the app, the app uses a barcode and location tracking technology to identify medicines throughout the supply chain, and the app could work with limited access to the internet, which makes it different from similar solutions on the market. But the success of the initiative requires drug manufacturers to embrace the concept and provide the necessary information on the medications to the app developers. Read more

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