CoE launches smartphone tech to check drug authenticity

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CoE launches smartphone tech to check drug authenticity
The Council of Europe (CoE) has launched an online service which will allow patients to check the authenticity of their medication using just a smartphone.

The scheme – eTACT, for consumers using either a smartphone device, or the internet – is part of the Council’s efforts to clamp down on fake drugs, and the damage they cause to patients.

Users from all 36 member states in the European Pharmacopoeia Commission will be able to trace their drugs’ origins through existing national systems. The tech will cover all medicines in the legal supply chain.

In a statement on its website, the CoE said: “Coming at a critical stage in the development of anti-counterfeiting systems in Europe, eTACT will make a major contribution by providing a secure, inter-operable, efficient, cost-effective and flexible traceability service to protect public health.”

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