The solution relies on applying an MDLE bar code to each pack of pharmaceutical product so that it can be authenticated and verified. The best place to do this is at the point of manufacture. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control – NAFDAC – has already done much of the ground work in facilitating this process.

Listed on the NAFDAC website are six approved pre-shipment inspection and testing agents for issuance of Clean Reports of Inspection and Analysis (CRIA) in India and China. All that is required is for these centres to accept to facilitate the inclusion of an MDLE bar code on the packaging. Currently, these packages carry an importers code that has been supplied by NAFDAC.

As far as locally manufactured drugs are concerned, these manufacturers would be required to use MDLE bar codes on their packaging. This can be facilitated by engaging with the local manufacturers directly.