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The Afghan government uses the blockchain platform to control counterfeit drugs

July 6, 2020

As reported by the company Fantomon July 6th The blockchain platform Opera tracks 80,000 units of four different medicines in Afghanistan. After this first pilot test, the system will be expanded with further products later this year.

During the test, 50,000 units of hand disinfectant, 10,000 joint creams, 10,000 Kofol lozenges and 10,000 Dioacare foot creams are tracked. The system aims to address the problem of counterfeiting medicines in the country.

Fantom explained that Local law enforcement agencies confiscated 100 tons of counterfeit, expired, or inferior drugs in 2017. By tracking products in the chain, the company hopes to create an immutable audit trail that ensures that items are not tampered with throughout their supply chain journey.

More control in the supply chain

The Afghan government uses the blockchain platform to control counterfeit drugsThe Afghan government uses the blockchain platform to control counterfeit drugs

Tracked products have a shipping label that is scanned at every stage of the sales process. Every time the tag is scanned, a hash with the product name, batch number, expiration date and other details is recorded and stored on the blockchain platform.

A hash is an irreversible mathematical function that generates an alphanumeric string that contains no data, but that can be used to check whether it matches the ones calculated in the hash.

Afghanistan uses blockchain technology to manage health records

The pilot project is the result of a collaboration between the distribution company Fantom, the Afghan Ministry of Health and the pharmaceutical companies Bliss GVS, Royal Star and Nabros Pharma. Fantom will also create a hospital records management system based on a blockchain platform for the Ministry of Health. The company’s chief information officer, Michael Konghe said to Cointelegraph:

“The next health record management system that uses our blockchain technology should require entries in the system to be made correctly from the start, and be held accountable to malicious operators for incorrect entries. The biggest problem in developing countries is identifying where the problem is and have strong evidence to use it, not the health record management systems themselves. “

Fantom Director of Business Development, Bariq Sekandariplayed a key role in developing a partnership with the Afghan government. He promoted the establishment of an office in the region and hired a local team to form alliances with the government. The collaboration was first announced in late November 2019 when the Afghan Ministry of Health signed a memorandum of understanding with the company.

Kong and Sekandari informed Cointelegraph that Fantom is also in talks with several other government agencies., but still can’t share the details.