Companies that Provide Anti-counterfeiting Technology in Nigeria

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July 10, 2013 — Over the last couple of years, Nigeria through the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has intensified its efforts to combat the sale and importation of counterfeit food and drugs. Most recently, NAFDAC has taken the fight a step further, beyond lengthy laboratory analysis, to quick, easily accessible and on the spot product verification using technology provided by a number of companies. Some of these companies include:


With the slogan “making counterfeiting unprofitable,” Sproxil has been actively supporting NAFDAC in the fight against counterfeiting in Nigeria. NAFDAC’s  relationship with Sproxil can be traced back to February 2010 when NAFDAC, with the support of BIOFEM Pharmaceuticals, launched its Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) on the drug Glucophage, putting the power of product verification in the hands of consumers. Powered by Sproxil’s award-winning cloud-based Mobile Product Authentication™ technology, MAS allows Nigerian consumers to verify that products they buy are genuine by simply using a mobile phone and a free SMS message. This technology has also been used by pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline in Nigeria, on the antibiotic Ampiclox.

Since 2010, NAFDAC has successfully used Thermo Scientific’s (formerly Ahura Scientific brand) Truscan handheld Raman instrument in order to rapidly identify counterfeit and sub-standard drugs imported and sold in Nigeria. The Truscan device allows NAFDAC to within seconds identify the slightest differences in drug formulation.

To learn more about the use of the Truscan device by NAFDAC, check out the above in-depth report by Dan Rather on the problem of counterfeiting in Nigeria and the use of new technology.


HP and mPedigree introduced an SMS-based authentication technology to aid Nigerians to easily authenticate malaria medicines produced by the pharmaceutical company May & Baker Nigeria Plc. The mPedigree technology has also been used in other African countries including Ghana.


Earlier this year, NAFDAC endorsed PharmaSecure to provide it SMS-based medicine authentication services to Nigerians. PharmaSecure is well-known for offering similar services to products in the Indian market by affixing track and trace codes that aid consumers with mobile phones in authenticating products.

In April 2013, following the approval by NAFDAC, Norwegian company Kezzler formed an alliance with UBQT Ltd Nigeria. Under the alliance, Kezzler will provide its provide its product traceability platform (previously used to authenticate Roche Cancer medication) while UBQT make its mobile integration services available to empower consumers in Nigeria to easily authenticate products.

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Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: