Singapore-based healthcare provider Zuellig Pharma is using a blockchain-based network to track COVID-19 footage to prevent practitioners from giving out expired vaccines.

Zuellig Pharma says its new “eZTracker” management system can help prevent abuse or counterfeit vaccines from being used by allowing its customers to instantly check the origin and authenticity of vaccines via a mobile app.

“Accidents associated with expired or improperly stored vaccines can be avoided,” said Daniel Lavreck, vice president and head of digital and information solutions at Zuellig Pharma.

eZTracker uses the SAP blockchain to collect, track and trace multiple data points to improve supply chain visibility. The eZTracker website explains how it works:

Simply scan the QR code on the packaging to instantly confirm that your product belongs to an authorized distributor.
“Patients can scan the two-dimensional data matrix on the product packaging to check key product information such as expiration date, temperature and origin through a blockchain-based application,” Lavric added.

SAP Blockchain operates as a blockchain as a service (BaaS), which allows customers to develop custom blockchain extensions for their existing applications. According to SAP, 77% of the world’s transaction revenue comes from one of its systems.

In 2020, Zuellig partnered with pharmaceutical company MSD to distribute eQTracker in Hong Kong, where it was used to track Gardasil’s HPV vaccines.

“As vaccines pass through various supply points in the supply chain, product data points are uploaded to eZTracker’s secure blockchain ledger, ensuring that they cannot be tampered with,” Lavrick explained at the time.

Users such as healthcare professionals and patients can validate the vaccine by scanning the unique data matrix code on the product packaging.
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Founded 100 years ago, Zuellig is one of the largest healthcare provider groups in Asia. Zuellig also owns a product called eZVax that specifically provides comprehensive vaccine administration for government, local and private sector.

According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Southeast Asia is a breeding ground for counterfeit medicines, with $520-2.6 billion spent annually on counterfeit medicines.

Source: CoinTelegraph