Counterfeit products are a serious problem for the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industries, which has recently been highlighted by the introduction of the EU Falsified Medicine Directive. When falsified medicines are discovered in the market a rapid response is required to ensure patient a safety, and product reputation.

To uncover a counterfeit product against an original a number of approaches can be employed. For example:

  • Counterfeit packaging can be identified using light microscopy techniques to reveal unique ink patterns for the lettering and artwork. In addition the ink used on the packaging can be characterised with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis and Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy (FTIR).
  • Counterfeit tablets and injectables can be identified using FTIR, NMR and X-Ray Tomography

Techniques

FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed) Spectroscopy analysis 

GC-MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) 

HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) & Preparative HPLC 

LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) 

NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Spectroscopy analysis 

UV-Visible Spectroscopy analysis 

Classical Wet Chemical Methods 

ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) 

ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy)

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