PharmaCheck Wins National Award–simplifies testing & saves lives

in Center News
September 27th, 2013

Get ready for a surprising number: 50 percent of medicines distributed in developing countries are either counterfeit or significantly substandard, and those fake and tainted products are responsible for countless medical complications and deaths. Muhammad Zaman, a College of Engineering associate professor of biomedical engineering, and postdoctoral student Darash Desai (ENG’12,’12) and graduate student Andrea Fernandes (SPH’10, GSM’16) are doing something about it. Together they have developed a PharmaCheck, a fast, portable, user-friendly detector for screening counterfeit and substandard medicines. To test a medication, a user places a pill into a small testing box that instantly reports the amount of active ingredients found in the pill. MORE

(Originally published in Bostonia)