Scientists of FGBU VGNKI to Develop New Method to Control Authenticity of Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use
Moscow - Scientists of the the Russian State Center for Animal Feed and Drug Standardization and Quality subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor (FGBU VGNKI) began research aimed to create a rapid method to control authenticity of medicinal products for veterinary use.
It is expected that the new method will enable quality control laboratories to reduce financial and time expenditures for identifying adulteration. In addition, the authenticity analysis of numerous amounts of medications and substances will be held without package destruction (non-destructive testing) and will allow to return goods to the market after testing.
According to the World Organization for Animal Health, the global turnover of illegal, including fake, veterinary medicines reaches 1–2 billion US dollars annually. In various countries from 3 up to 10% of the global market of medicinal products for veterinary use is presented by adulteration and illegally sold medicines.
Adulteration pose a threat to animal health and cause large economic losses. In addition, adulterate medicinal products for veterinary use affect the quality of livestock products and, thus, pose a risk to human health. In this regard, scientists in many countries around the world work to create effective methods for detecting adulterate medicinal products for veterinary use.
The creation of a new express method for verifying authenticity of veterinary medicinal products is the research goal of VGNKI, which has been implemented at the Testing Center of the institution since the beginning of 2019. The technology will differ significantly from the methods of medications authenticity verification currently used.
The method is based on so-called Fourier spectroscopy technology in the near infrared range. A feature of this technology is the almost complete absence of impact on the object of study, since infrared radiation does not alter the physico-chemical properties of preparations. The high penetrating power of radiation in the near IR range allows to analyze the medications in the package.
Using the method, a laboratory specialist will be able to obtain necessary information about the qualitative and quantitative composition of the medicine in a few minutes. The new method expected to be developed by the end of 2019.
For reference: FGBU VGNKI - Russia's leading quality control center of medicinal products for veterinary use. It is one of the largest institutions in Europe and the only center in Russia for registration of medicinal products for veterinary use.