Counterfeit drugs pose a serious problem in Tanzania and other countries in Africa. These drugs are very similar to the real product in size, shape, and packaging. However, counterfeit drugs have less to none of the active pharmaceutical ingredient, rendering them essentially useless. Patients and medical practitioners often are unable to distinguish between the real medication and the counterfeit version, meaning that a patient’s condition may go untreated. Research conducted by the Global Development Team is aimed at developing a simple way to distinguish between real and counterfeit drugs, as well as to develop a universal method that can systematically analyze a wide variety of drug compounds. Purdue students describe the development of training materials and plans to travel to the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy in Tanzania to educate students and faculty on how to utilize this method.
McCord, Jordyn; Mavity, Michael; Damayo, Shanygne Ashley; and Wintczak, David
"Universal HPLC Analysis for Counterfeit Medication: A Partnership of Purdue University and the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy,"
Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement: Vol. 2
, Article 7.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/pjsl/vol2/iss1/7