Dennis D. McDonald ( consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management.

Text Messaging to Check Counterfeit Drug Status

By Dennis D. McDonald

One of the feeds I monitor is provided by

MobileActive is a global network of people (and their tools, projects, and resources) focused on the use of mobile phones in civil society. … Mobile phones have been used to mobilize hundreds of thousands of peaceful demonstrators in countries across the world with text messages and brilliant political ringtones. They are being used in environmental campaigns in Argentina, and to advocate for an independent judiciary in India, for support of emigrant and migrant communities in the Philippines, and for disease detection and prevention in Rwanda.

These are just a few examples. An interesting recent story is  Using SMS to Fight Fake Drugs in Ghana. It describes an experimental program to use text messaging to query a remote service in Ghana to determine whether or not a dispensed drug is genuine. The impetus is the high incidence of counterfeit drugs being distributed in developing countries.

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