Navigation Links
PharmaChk Device for Substandard, Counterfeit Drug Detection Receives Saving Lives at Birth Transition-to-Scale Grant
Date:8/7/2014

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) August 07, 2014

With the potential to revolutionize how medicines regulators, customs agents, procurement agencies, warehouse personnel, health facilities, and other providers throughout the world detect poor-quality medicines, a new portable device called PharmaChk will be supported with a $2 million transition-to-scale grant from Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. The funding will help further PharmaChk’s development and bring it closer to commercial production and availability.

“The toll that poor-quality medicines take on global public health—particularly among the most vulnerable populations in the developing world—is staggering, with 99% of all maternal deaths occurring in developing countries,” said Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). “Helping to ensure patient access to good quality drugs—including those for used for neonatal care, to fight infectious diseases or to maintain good maternal health—is a leading priority for USP.”

Portable and easy-to-use, PharmaChk is being developed in conjunction with researchers at Boston University (BU) to detect and quantify active ingredients in medicines. The ability to screen for potential medicines quality problems can be a tremendous benefit to healthcare personnel treating patients and to regulators and health program officials responsible for tracking and ensuring the quality of their medicines. This holds especially true in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia where national borders are often porous and tracking the flow of medicines from country to country can be extremely challenging.

According to Patrick Lukulay, Ph.D., USP’s vice president of global health impact programs and director of the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), “Having the appropriate amount of an active pharmaceutical ingredient is key for any medicine to be effective. A poor-quality medicine can be one without enough active ingredient, which can lead to both preventable disease progression and to the development of drug resistance in patients and the community. In other cases, a medicine may have the correct amount of active ingredient but be of poor quality—for example not dissolve properly or contain impurities—due to poor manufacturing or storage practices, which can also compromise the medicine’s ability to bring a clinical benefit to the patient.”

PharmaChk—which was named as one of Scientific American magazine’s “World Changing Ideas of 2013”—has been in development by scientists from Boston University (BU), with support from the PQM program and seed funding from the Saving Lives at Birth partnership. Building country capacity to address public health concerns posed by counterfeit and substandard-quality medicines has been a long-standing goal of PQM, a 10-year program managed by the USAID Office of Health Systems of the Bureau for Global Health, with the aim of strengthening country health systems and improving health outcomes. A scientific organization dedicated to creating quality standards for medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements, USP works collaboratively with USAID to implement PQM.

Launched in 2011, the Saving Lives at Birth partnership includes USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), and the U.K’s Department for International Development. Saving Lives at Birth is a global call for groundbreaking, scalable solutions to prevent infant and maternal deaths around the time of birth and supports a wide variety of work across maternal and neonatal health, family planning, nutrition and HIV.

While other methods to screen for substandard or counterfeit products in the field are currently available, they are limited in their ability to quickly and accurately quantify the actual amount of active ingredient in a sample as well as to determine how quickly that active ingredient dissolves so it can work in the body as intended.

This past spring, the first pilot study using PharmaChk on medicine samples was conducted at USP’s Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT) in Accra, Ghana. USP opened CePAT in May 2013 to help expand the number of trained experts and available tools to combat substandard and counterfeit medicines that threaten nations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The pilot study was conducted of samples of the antimalarial medicine artesunate, collected from three main medicine sources in Accra—public hospital/clinics, private retail/wholesale pharmacies, and informal outlets. USP and BU scientists are excited about early results from the pilot study, and plans are underway to further refine PharmaChk and to use the device to test samples of other medicines collected from the field.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12080802.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2014 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Daily Sun Exposure and Vitamin D Intake Simplified With Wearable Device
2. Exercise Device Helps With Squats - Designed by InventHelp Client (LGI-1774)
3. New hand-held device uses lasers, sound waves for deeper melanoma imaging
4. Laparoscopy Devices Market: Internal Closure Devices, Energy Systems, Trocars, Laparoscopes, Irrigation Systems, Insufflation Devices, Sample Retrieval Bags
5. J&J's Ethicon Unit Recalls its Power Morcellator Devices After Warnings by Federal Regulators and Concern About Risk of Spreading Occult Cancer, Parker Waichman Comments
6. Turkey Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Market Worth $21.5B & $3.3B by 2020 Respectively, Says a Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org
7. New Dental Device Reviews to Stop Snoring by VitalSleep
8. Have You Had a Hysterectomy or Removal of Uterine Fibroids? Morcellator Device Withdrawn From Market Due To Cancer Risk
9. Orthopedic Trauma Fixation Devices Market: Global Forecast, Share, Size, Growth and Industry Analysis 2014 - 2020
10. Loffler Companies Introduces New Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1085/C1100 and Canon imagePRESS C800/C700 Devices
11. NiQ Health Reveals the Extensive Use of Unregulated Medical Devices in Australian Hospitals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... it is so critically important that we all are aware of our options ... Mediaplanet is proud to announce the launch of its newest edition of "Vision ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and ... Bible Prophecy concerning this present generation. Yisrayl makes an astounding statement when he ... He explains that the Bible details the current times so plainly that anyone ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Congratulations to Head ... division on February 12th. Ms. Esparza qualified into this prestigious status after ... held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frida is one of approximately 25 gymnasts in ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the ... the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and ... Beach to host its Swirl: Miami Wine Tasting Event on March 28, 2017. ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Rosica Communications, a national PR ... media management, corporate communications, SEO and cause marketing, is opening an office in ... Hampshire, Massachusetts and Canada, Rosica will focus on expanding its footprint. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017  Xynomic Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an ... that it has acquired exclusive worldwide rights to ... innovative HDAC inhibitor targeting hematological and solid tumors. ... Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of Abexinostat ... have already been completed, demonstrating that Abexinostat ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb. 23, 2017  Genesis Healthcare Services has ... announcement was made by Bill Monast , President ... and Nathan Feltman , executives with Home ... Services, LLC. This acquisition helps Hospice ... of technology enabled durable medical equipment (DME) solutions for ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Nevro Corp. (NYSE: NVRO), a global medical device company that ... pain, today reported financial results for the three months and ... Accomplishment & Highlights: Achieved revenue of $228.5 ... as reported, over the prior year U.S. revenue ... the prior year International revenue of $55.2 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: