|Perpetrators of counterfeit medicine and gray market trading are getting more sophisticated and prevalent, with 10% to 30% of medicines in low- to middle-income countries found to be falsified or substandard. In the past, tracking down such products was a manual process involving multiple stakeholders across the supply chain and could take up to weeks. Zuellig Pharma, one of Asia’s largest healthcare services providers, has developed the mobile app–based solution eZTracker, which harnesses the power of blockchain technology to address counterfeit products, cross-border trading, and product recalls.|
The app empowers anyone with a mobile phone — from patients to healthcare professionals or regulators — to trace medicine to its manufacturer and country of origin within seconds. This user-friendly solution is backed by a robust infrastructure, with the chain code and distributed ledger built on Hyperledger, whereas the smart contract layer and design cater to the different information requirements of each player in the supply chain. A massive parallel processing database engine powers the ability for downstream end users to scan the barcodes of medicine products through eZTracker. Unregistered products detected will trigger automatic alerts to notify manufacturers and Zuellig Pharma on where the supply chain was breached.