NSF awards funding for studying supply chains for illicit pharmaceuticals

Author: Marya Lieberman

The National Science Foundation has awarded our team an exploratory grant to use PADs to detect and dismantle supply chains for bad quality pharmaceuticals.  We will work with Professor Karen Smilowitz at Northwestern,  who studies logistics and management of health care systems, and with three international partners.  Dr. Mercy Maina is a pharmacist at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya who has a long standing interest in pharmaceutical supply chains, pharmacovigilence, and quality management;  Dr. Wasif Ali Khan is a research scientist at the Institute for the study of Diarrheal Diseases, Bangladesh, which has research centers in rural Bangladesh where the bulk of the population lives, and Mr. Ibrahim Chikowe is an instructor in the College of Medicine, University of Malawi.