Network to track medicine starts operating in Brazil


Last October 08, the pharmaceutical Libbs, presented the first platform to track medicines. The goal is that by December 2016, the National Drug Control System (SNCM), will be operating and all industries will have similar mechanisms.

"The system will guarantee not only patient safety, but also facilitate health surveillance and the control of medication production in Brazil," said Health Minister Arthur Chioro.

With the new system, drug packaging should contain a two-dimensional bar code, a kind of RG. The mechanism will allow the identification of the place and date of production, form of distribution and point of sale. The minister is convinced that the system will allow control of the entire chain, making it easier to recognize possible cases of fraud, smuggling, cargo theft.

The schedule predicts that, by December 2015, all industries will place on the market at least three batches already produced with packaging that allows tracking. As of December 2016, the entire pharmaceutical market will have to have the mechanisms to do the tracking.

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) commands a management committee formed by 25 public, private and third sector entities in charge of discussing the implementation of the system.

Source: O Estado de S.Paulo

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