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Pakistani students develop a fake drug-detecting app

Pakistan’s talented students develop a mobile app to identify fake or expired medicines. ARY News’ program Swaira invited mobile app makers Aqsa Akhtar and Mohammed Owais who not only cited the app. Informed, but also explained how to operate it.

This app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store and is used just like a mobile camera. Aqsa Akhtar said his app was used to scan bar codes made on drug boxes. The latter may indicate that the drug is fake, real or over-the-counter.

He said that pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan do not use bar or QR code; only 10% of medicine boxes contain QR codes which can be identified by scanning. Three ways after scanning QR code in-app. Messages will appear. Likewise, if two are fake, then it will be unverified.

The young students said they would provide pharmaceutical companies with a platform where all drug data was available and then linked to the app. “We have just launched this app in a trial that will increase this work in the future to protect the public from counterfeit drugs,” he said.

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