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Tech tools helping to combat counterfeiting

Tech tools helping to combat counterfeiting

KARACHI: SMS verification/serialisation, Quick Response codes, and colour shifting film are good measures available to help combat counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry of Pakistan, said Executive Director Pharma Bureau (PB) Ayesha Tammy Haq on Monday.

In a statement, she said that although Pakistan has continued its efforts to advance Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement through raids, seizures, and arrests by various enforcement authorities, there is no significant improvement in overall protection.

“Pakistan remains on the US Priority Watch List and it has not yet fully implemented the Intellectual Property Organisation of Pakistan Act of 2012 (IPO Act),” the statement said.

“Notably, Pakistan has yet to establish specialised IP tribunals and an operational IPO Policy Board provided for under the IPO Act.

The problem of counterfeit drugs is resulting in the loss on direct foreign investment, jobs, foreign exchange, and tax, while it is also discouraging research and development.”

The statement added that countries such as Pakistan, where enforcement laws are weak and counterfeiting is predominantly high, loss on FDI and technology transfers are a high cost to pay.

The PB executive director suggested that establishment of a complaint cell at the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan is required which should work with enforcement agencies to apprehend culprits.

Published in Dawn, September 8th, 2015

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