The Afghan Ministry of Health and several local pharmaceutical companies will use the Fantom blockchain ecosystem to fight counterfeit pharmaceuticals.
Solution to the problem of counterfeiting pharmaceuticals
As Fantom announced on July 6, its Opera block chain will be used in Afghanistan to track 80,000 units of four different pharmaceutical products. After this initial pilotage, the system will be extended to other products later this year.
During the pilot project, 50,000 hand hygiene products, 10,000 joint creams, 10,000 Kofol tablets and 10,000 Dioacare foot creams will be tracked. The system aims to solve the problem of counterfeiting pharmaceuticals.
Fantom said that in 2017, 100 tonnes of counterfeit, outdated or abnormal medicines were confiscated by local law enforcement agencies. By tracking products in the supply chain, the company hopes to create a consistent audit trail that will ensure that products will not be affected during transport.
Tracked products will have a shipping label that is scanned at every stage of the distribution process. Each time the label is scanned, the hash of the product name, batch number, expiry date and other details will be marked and saved in the blockchain.
Hash is an irreversible mathematical function that generates an alphanumeric string. The hash itself does not contain data, but allows you to check whether the given parameters are the same as those from which it was calculated.
Afghanistan will use blockchain to manage health records
The pilot project is the result of cooperation between Fantom, the Afghan Ministry of Public Health and pharmaceutical companies Bliss GVS, Royal Star and Nabros Pharma. Fantom will also create a blockchain-based hospital medical records management system.
“The upcoming medical records management system using our blockchain technology should first force the correct data entry into the system, as well as hold fraudsters accountable. The biggest problem in developing countries is determining where the problem lies and having solid evidence that can be enforced, not the health card management systems themselves. “
– said Michael Kong from Fantom.
Fantom’s business development director, Bariq Sekandari, played a key role in partnering with the Afghan authorities. He insisted on creating a regional office and recruited a local team to create synergies with the government. The cooperation was first announced at the end of November 2019, when the Afghan Ministry of Health signed an agreement with Fantom.
Kong and Sekandari have announced that the company is also in talks with several other government agencies. However, they could not provide more details.