Tackling the well-recognized issue of drug smuggling in the old fashioned way would require continuous scouring of every inch of borders and making surprise visits to dispensing points in search for products which as judged by the senses look vaguely suspicious! A cumbersome scavenger hunt which is both resource intensive and yields poor results.
That being said, occasionally confiscated medical products from wholesalers and pharmacies in the aforementioned manner accounts only for the tip of the iceberg. According to our experience, drug smuggling for the most part is not carried out by outsiders to the Pharma supply chain but rather by allegedly legitimate participants of the chain with the motive of avoiding taxes and customs duty. And once those batches of illegally imported products become intermingled with their properly declared counterparts and find their way to pharmacies and warehouses, there remains no way to identify them. A perfect crime which may go unnoticed for a long time. Genuine products imported through unauthorized routes still count as a health hazard to patients due to unknown storage conditions. Moreover, such a misconduct in imports costs Governments huge sums of money in lost revenue.
Having a comprehensive track and trace system in place establishes a clear line of sight throughout the supply chain and effectively suppresses illegitimate and quasi-legitimate trade of pharmaceuticals. SAMAN’s T&T system as a holistic solution provides the IT infrastructure which seamlessly integrates and synchronizes all governmental and supply chain stake holders such as customs office, IRFDA, pharmacies, etc. so that timely and decisive actions could be taken should there be any incidence of misconduct in this area.