Sciweavers

SIGCOMM
2009
ACM

Epothecary: cost-effective drug pedigree tracking and authentication using mobile phones

13 years 9 months ago
Epothecary: cost-effective drug pedigree tracking and authentication using mobile phones
Counterfeit and expired pharmaceuticals are a significant problem in the developing world, constituting up to 80% of stock on pharmacy shelves. This is due both to poor existing controls and to lack of supporting infrastructure on which to build such controls. Existing strategies to fight counterfeiting include holograms, special packaging, and paper invoice tracing, but each of these have been proven ineffectual in the face of increasingly sophisticated counterfeiting rings, which inject fake drugs into the market for profit and/or sell off genuine medications on the black market or in adjacent countries at marked up prices. This paper describes Epothecary, a system which uses built-in functionality in midlevel mobile telephones including cameras, SMS, and optionally GPS to construct a robust system for tracking and verifying the pedigrees of pharmaceutical products at every point in the distribution chain, particularly in the developing world. Categories and Subject Descriptors...
Michael Paik, Jay Chen, Lakshminarayanan Subramani
Added 28 May 2010
Updated 28 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where SIGCOMM
Authors Michael Paik, Jay Chen, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian
Comments (0)