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 Post subject: $1000 portable device for counterfeit drug detection
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:07 am 
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New story today about a $1000 portable Raman device for counterfeit drug detection developed by the FDA. If this is suitable for field use in Africa for anti-malarials, I expect this could work for gemology in the field. Your tax dollars at work :).

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-sci-fda-counterfeit-detection-device-20130424,0,1133472.story

http://www.securingindustry.com/pharmaceuticals/fda-goes-its-own-way-with-counterfeit-detection-device/s40/a1405/


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:32 am 
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It looks like very nice product, photographing fluorescence reactions of materials illuminated with multiple wavelengths. Yes, it may have some really cool use in gemology, but it is not a Raman.

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It's closer to deBeers DiamondView. But of does not use such short wave illumination. (Diamond View <230nm, very difficult and expensive illumination to produce)

anti Malarial drugs are very fluorescent. The original , quinine sulfate is used as a fluorescence standard for the testing of fluorescence spectrophotometers. Though largely replace by Rhodamine 6G in more recent history.


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