May 17, 2020

Authentag releases new Distributed Ledger Technology within pharmaceutical tracking

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Catherine Sturman
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In order to protect the identification of pharmaceutical products or parties involved within the distribution of pharmaceutical items, SaaS company Auth...

In order to protect the identification of pharmaceutical products or parties involved within the distribution of pharmaceutical items, SaaS company Authentag has created distribution ledger technology (DLT) which will adhere to all Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements surrounding the use shared data within its pharmaceutical tracking capabilities.

Focused on improving supply chain controls and tracking since 2014, Authentag's existing platform for medical device inventory control and apps are presently used by over 150 manufacturers in 30 countries and has garnered the interest of pharmaceutical companies struggling to comply with new US FDA regulations under the Drug Supply Chain Act (DSCSA).

"Authentag is uniquely positioned to address inventory control in the pharmaceutical community," commented W. Scott Berg, co-founder of Authentag.

"We've used our collective experience to build an innovative tracking technology for the medical device industry.

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"We've been fortunate to have great support from the pharmaceutical industry, who keep impressing on us the need to have a working solution running and in compliance with the FDA by November 2019," added Stuart Corby, co-founder of Authentag.

"Our latest platforms will provide an open source architecture allows members of the pharmaceutical community to develop solutions and improve the safety and security of pharmaceutical products in the US. Through our blockchain-based technology, we will improve overall healthcare outcomes for patients."

On January 31, 2018, KPMG invited Authentag to present to the Healthcare Distributors Association (HAD), a trade group which represents 98 percent of the pharmaceutical industry.

Based on Authentag's long track record of success, Authentag presented the company's existing solution and an outline of how a community owned DLT, or blockchain-based technology, is one of the only cost-effective and viable solutions for all incoming regulation and internal inventory management needs within the community. At the conclusion of the meeting, HDA members tasked Authentag with building a new DLT platform.

Since the January meeting, Authentag has begun work to apply the company's existing expertise in DLT systems to allow full life-cycle tracing for the pharmaceutical industry, a $450 billion USD marketplace.

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Jun 17, 2021

Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes

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British actress Nina Wadia OBE tells us how her son's life has changed since using glucose monitoring system Dexcom

It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition. 

Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently. 

In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician. 

British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives. 

As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today. 

Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes? 
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.

How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan? 
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily. 

Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.

Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes  patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign. 

If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed? 
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!

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