Don’t Have Your Fake or Eat It
The fight against fake pharma continues: researchers at Colorado State have developed a straightforward way to detect counterfeit antibiotics – using a simple color-changing paper test. Researcher Charles Henry tells us more.
Joanna Cummings |
What was the inspiration behind the test?
For the last decade, I’ve been working with other scientists in the developing world, and have learned much about how healthcare works – or doesn’t work – in those countries. This piqued my interest in developing low-cost tests that could improve healthcare for people living in those areas. At the same time, Kat Boehle (1) and I were working on a test for anti-microbial resistance. The test detects bacteria by measuring an enzyme (betalactamase) involved in antibiotic resistance – using the bacteria’s own resistance machinery against it. Kat and I realized we could use that same enzyme to detect antibiotics using a test that was both unique and low-cost.
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