Is the Use of Software an Effective Substitute for The Traditional Approaches of Curbing Drug Counterfeiting?

September 14, 2018

It is a new era of drug manufacturers’ compliance. With the need to fight the entrance of counterfeit drugs into the chains of supply, countries have been enacting various regulations globally. These regulations vary from country to country and across different geographical setups. The US and the European Union have been leading in the fight against counterfeit drugs, with other countries like China, Saudi Arabia, and India following suit. However, the strategy hasn’t yield maximum results as various players in the pharmaceutical industry are unwilling to comply with the regulations.

Enters Software Solutions

With the increasing opportunities arising from technological advancements, software developers are creating compliance software that would free the supply chain from counterfeit drugs. Nevertheless, the new development still faces challenges. For instance, some regions have scarce access to IT infrastructure and changing the traditional compliance narrative would require significant investment. Thus, there is need to use digital compliance tools that can meet various counties’ specifications and guidelines. Such tools have multiple advantages over traditional regulation-setting approaches.

Flexibility and Comprehensiveness

For a long time, drug regulatory bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration of the US have had the challenge of flexible monitoring drug manufacturers. As regulations keep changing, the regulatory authorities have to use resources to train their staff in adopting the changes. In a region like the EU where countries have different guidelines, the commission on public health faces significant challenges in regulating the pharmaceutical industry of Europe. Despite these hurdles, technology brings hope – drug regulatory bodies can use software that is flexible and comprehensive without having regulation barrier challenges.

Free From Compromise Platform

Well, you have heard of cyber threats where cybercriminals penetrate online platform for malicious activities. For instance, electoral systems – which needs zero external interference – have had a fair taste of cybersecurity issues. Such threats have seen tech giants like Facebook pumping vast resources into their security systems. These threats can be a turn off to the adoption of online platforms, but, software developers are devising highly secured platforms free from external penetrations.

As technologists keep innovating new ways of securing digital systems, it is clear that these systems’ preference over traditional techniques will continue rising. On the other hand, manual monitoring of the supply chain is vulnerable to compromise through bribes, threats, and so on. Thus, the way to go is the adoption of software means of ensuring compliance.

Eliminating Resources Spent On Vast Manual Workforce

A success in curbing counterfeit drugs requires vast resources in various stages. First, the research stage where specialists have to identify fake medicines. Second, the law enactment stage where governments come up with regulations. Then, the enactment stage where drug regulation agencies implement government-set guidelines. All these stages require vast resources as they involve manual involvement. Digital platforms eliminate this barrier since they need minimum manual commitment.

In general, using digital platforms in curbing counterfeit drugs is more effective than the traditional approaches. It is flexible and eliminates human compromise. Besides, it reduces the amount of resources pumped by countries into their drug enforcement systems which yield minimal results.