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Texting to Fight Counterfeit Drugs

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By Allan Holmes September 27, 2010

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Counterfeit drugs are big problem in developing countries and technology might have found a way to fight it. In an article on how wireless technologies are expanding in the health field, especially in the developing world, Fast Company posted an article today on how simple texting can combat fake drugs, which result in not curing a disease or ailment, and it erodes confidence in modern medicine. From Fast Company:

Using fake drugs has tragic consequences -- there is decreased immunity and people lose faith in life-saving medicine. Technologists came up with a solution: individuals can verify the authenticity of medicine by sending a text message with an ID number printed on the box of legitimate medicine, then the drug company text back verifying that the medicine is ok to use.

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