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Saint Mary's Seeking School's First Patent for Device That Can Detect Counterfeit Drugs

from South Bend Tribune

Saint Mary's College's first U.S. patent could result in a very meaningful product for Third World countries. With the aid of researchers at Notre Dame, a Saint Mary's professor, a Saint Mary's student and a recent alum, the college has developed a paper-based tool that can screen for counterfeit medications. The tool, known as a paper analytical device or PAD, is the size of a business card. And Saint Mary's chemistry professor Toni Barstis said she believes it could be especially useful in developing countries where the World Health Organization estimates 10 to 30 percent of the drug supply consists of counterfeit medicines causing hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. Barstis and two other team members presented their findings at the 244th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia on Sunday. more

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