Verifying genuine pharmaceutical products will be difficult to implement
In most big IT projects software providers have over promised and under delivered and at a far higher final cost. I do not believe it will be any different when it comes to verifying genuine pharmaceutical products (2014;293:587). One billion items are dispensed every year. Assuming it takes one second to check each item physically, this equates to about 280,000 hours of labour.
Who is going to pay for this? Have the software suppliers done a time and motion study of the software in a working dispensary?
Checking against a central database depends on (among other software and hardware issues) the speed of the internet connection, which is always slower than promised by the suppliers.
I would be most surprised if ten products could be checked in ten seconds over the internet from a central database.
Finally what is going to stop the fake suppliers from using the same codes as on the genuine product?
I have deep reservations about this proposed solution for a genuine problem.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 20066054
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