Think back to those times when either you or yours received troubling, life-altering news.
Perhaps you were at the bank being told you did not qualify for a small-business loan on account of your credit history or, conversely, on the way to the grocers when you received a phone call alerting you to the passing of a loved one.
Nine times out of 10, though, most bad news is delivered in GP offices the world over after you or a close friend receive an unexpected, though not entirely incurable, prognosis. That said, doctors and care teams are quick to begin prescribing medications in line with protocols meant to save one’s life and which patients are wont to take immediately.
But what if those medications are not what they appear to be? What if, somewhere within the supply chain, the process broke down and the lifesaving shipments were exposed to heat, light, or, worse, criminals?
Sadly, instances of falsified medications, fake pills, and fraudulent drugs entering the healthcare services sector remain prevalent to this day in regions both developed as well as developing.
What’s more, this is despite campaigns dating back to 2010 with the explicit purpose of eradicating fake pharmaceutical on account of GPs and nurse practitioners being unable to distinguish between those shipments that were previously comprised en route versus those suitable to treat your loved ones.
‘Counterfeiting has dropped from an estimated 30% of the Nigerian pharma sector to less than 10% today,’ says social entrepreneur Selorm Branttie. Photograph: Nana Kofi Acquah/mPedigree
This three-part problem of fraudulent activity involving the production and shipment of fake medications via falsified bills of lading is, of course, solvable in the form of GPS technology paired with cross-border tracking and monitor technology is key.
Thankfully, for you and yours, just such a solution is available as an off-the-shelf (OTS) software solution by Hanhaa’s ParceLive software.