The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 30 percent of branded drugs sold in developing nations are counterfeit which can have profound implications for patients. Dangerous substances are substituted for the active ingredient or products have been tampered with, contaminated, diluted, repackaged or mislabeled in a way that misrepresents the contents, dosage, and origin or expiration date. Authorities have been plagued with detecting counterfeit drugs before they reach patients.
In the past, chromatographic methods were used to analyze suspicious substances, however these tests are time consuming, destroy evidences and require chemical solvents. Today, Raman spectroscopy, a decades-old, proven technology, has emerged as a tool for the rapid, non-destructive detection of counterfeit drugs.
By comparing the spectral fingerprint of a sample to the known spectral fingerprint of a substance, Centice can identify whether a drug is pure or counterfeit.
Centice Raman spectroscopy identifies drugs within 30 seconds of analysis in a simple three step process. The device scans a substance using a laser which then rapidly generates a unique chemical “fingerprint”. Centice then compares that fingerprint against its databases of prescription drugs.
Centice’s Pharmaceutical Library identifies over 3,600 substances.
No sample preparation or consumables are needed results are delivered within 30 seconds preventing any patient delays.
Reports are generated to track suppliers and test results.
Simplicity: Easy place, measure, view results process can be performed with minimal training.
Non-destructive Testing: No chemical solvents are needed and no evidence is destroyed when identifying a substance.
Accuracy: Centice’s patented ‘Coded Aperture Snapshot Spectral Imager’ delivers accurate results while allowing for larger and safer lasers and lower cost. This results in more reliable readings that don’t burn samples due to low laser power density.
Extensive Library: Centice offers the most comprehensive set of libraries for drug identification available to law enforcement. The Pharmaceutical Library has over 3,600 prescription drugs, including the major opioids, stimulants, barbiturates, and malaria drugs.
Reporting: Centice systems generate user-friendly reports to track suppliers and substances for easy analysis.
Measurements Through Glass and Plastics: Results are accurate even through glass, plastics, and gel capsule casings.
Safety: All systems contain a class-1 laser. Laser radiation is always contained within the unit, so there is no safety hazard for operators.
Centice’s products are priced significantly lower than any other spectroscopy devices on the market today. Centice is committed to delivering the most flexible solutions that provide the best value for the price.
Download Centice’s Whitepaper: RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY USED IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF COUNTERFEIT PHARMACEUTICALS