Scratch cards to test fake drugs
A company in Boston is using scratch cards so that consumers can distinguish fake drugs. In America there are still a lot of fake drugs in circulation. The system works fairly simple, the consumer finds a scratch card in the box of medicines that they bought. When the consumer has scratched this ticket he/she can send the number combination he found with an SMS text message to Sproxil. Instantly the customer receives the result, whether the drugs are real or fake. The unique codes beneath the scratch layer can’t be counterfeit. And even if the consumer buys drugs without a scratch card, he knows something is not right.
According to Sproxil, a company specialized in security, this method is much cheaper than traditional drug testing with chemicals. Testing to verify the authenticity may be too expensive for consumers and drug companies, but false counterfeit drugs are still a major problem in America. According to The World Health Organization, 30% of the drugs sold in America are counterfeit, leading to 700.000 deaths from drugs against malaria and tuberculosis.
Scratch cards are not only suitable as a fun game of luck, but scratch cards can also save lives.