The legal definition of counterfeit drug varies by country, but one useful definition of that is that of the World Health Organization, which “defines a counterfeit pharmaceutical product as a product that is deliberately and fraudulently mislabeled with respect to identity and/or source.” Verification of the identity of pharmaceutical products can be achieved using a Bruker's FT-NIR technology. The speed and precision of this analytical method can aid health authorities in their fight to protect the public from the increasing trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals.
The ALPHA FTIR Spectrometer with ATR module is an ideal tool for the identification of pure and laced drugs. Identification of the respective drug sample is being performed by an automatic search of the measured spectrum in spectral libraries. The spectrum search can be performed by using the TICTAC library that contains over 200 spectra of newest drugs and “legal highs” and the ATR-Complete library that contains over 26.000 spectra of a wide variety of substance classes. In combination with these libraries the ALPHA FTIR-spectrometer is able to detect pure substances as well as mixtures of drugs. The standard search algorithm of the OPUS software is very powerful in finding the library spectrum matching best with the measured spectrum.