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Address Counterfeit Drug ID in the Field

SM-3500 spectrometer is ideal for screening for counterfeit drugs

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 11:42

(Spectral Evolution: Lawrence, MA) -- The worldwide counterfeit drug market continues to expand, both in developing and developed countries. From fake antimalarial drugs in Africa to counterfeits sold over the Internet, these drugs are detrimental in three primary ways:
• Patients don’t receive the correct drug, which can lead to potential injury or death
• Patients receive contaminated versions of the correct drug that may be toxic
• Pharmaceutical companies lose revenue

Spectral Evolution’s SM-3500 portable NIR spectrometer can help combat counterfeiting by allowing identification and authentication using spectral matching and principal-component analysis. Steps involved in these measurements include:
• Taking sample spectra of authentic drugs to form a known reference
• Checking target drugs against those spectra for authentication

The SM-3500’s portability makes it well-suited for counterfeit screening applications, as it can be used at:
• Manufacturing facilities
• Warehouses
• Hospitals
• Pharmacies
• Field locations for government agencies

The UIV/VIS/NIR/SWIR range of the SM-3500 across a 350–2,500 nm spectral range allows it to deliver a number of benefits:
• Minimal or no sample prep
• Rapid analysis as quickly as a sample per second
• Nondestructive analysis can be performed with the drug still in its packaging
• Information on structural and chemical characteristics can be measured
• Criminal and substandard counterfeits can be identified
• Third-party chemometrics analysis programs can be used to provide quantitative analysis of active ingredient concentrations and excipients drugs
• Useable with physical or chemical identifiers in genuine drugs
• Easy to use by nontechnical personnel

For more information on NIR spectroscopy and counterfeit drug screening, visit www.spectralevolution.com/applications_Counterfeit.html.


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Spectral Evolution Inc. designs and manufacturers field-portable spectrometers for mining and geological remote sensing, laboratory UV-VIS-NIR spectrometers, UV-VIS-NIR full-range spectroradiometers for remote sensing, and specialty spectrometers for OEM applications. It also sells compact laboratory instruments for many different applications including LED analysis, moisture detection, analyte analysis, solar radiometry, spectral matching, and remote sensing imager calibration transfer. Founded in 2004, Spectral Evolution is located in Lawrence, Massachusetts.