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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

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