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Identification of counterfeit drugs and packaging

Counterfeit drugs is a world wide problem and is estimated to cost the pharmaceutical industry millions each year, but of greater concern is the potential for these drugs to cause harm. Whether it’s analysing packaging or looking at tablet cross-sections, EDS is a valuable technique in investigating and identifying counterfeit products.

Identification of counterfeit drugs & packaging

AZtecLive can be used for quality control to look at the distribution of vitamins and tablet coating thicknesses’, but can also be used to spot the difference between a brand tablet and a counterfeit tablet. Detailed mapping can characterise this further  “Reverse engineering pharmaceutical tablets by SEM-EDX and Raman microscopy  - N Mistry1 , AS Bretonnet1”

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