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Specimens must be collected in an appropriate specimen container to maintain the integrity of the specimen.

The specimen transportation system ensures the timely arrival of specimens at laboratory reception, in optimal condition, at the correct destination, in a manner that does not pose a threat to the health and safety of anyone coming in contact with the sample and is in compliance with regulations.

PROCEDURE

This procedure is in place to ensure specimen integrity and the safety of all those coming in contact with the specimen during transportation. It takes account of ADR Regulations 2007, IATA Regulations 1994 and 1998, the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005, Biological Agents Regulations,1994 and 1998 and all other relevant health & safety regulations.

Transport of Specimens

Specimens are transported to and from the LabMed Directorate as follows:

1. To the LabMed Directorate by:

• Authorised hospital staff

• General Practitioners

• Patients

• Courier

• Taxi

• Pneumatic Tube Transport System

• Appropriate hospital staff

2. From the LabMed Directorate by:

• Courier

• Taxi

Sproxil and Orange have separately expanded text messaging anti-counterfeiting services in Kenya to tackle fake drugs.

Orange Kenya has partnered with mPedigree to help patients detect counterfeit drugs by sending a text message. Similarly, Sproxil has begun offering its short code text messaging product verification service in Kenya.

Manufacturers have already raised concerns though. Speaking at the Orange press conference, Palu Dhanani, managing director of UCL, said: “A major problem will be the cost related to [labelling]. If some sort of subsidised pricing can be done it can really help patients.”

Entering Kenya builds on the work Sproxil has done in Nigeria and gives it a base for expansion in East Africa. Patients in Kenya can send codes found on pharmaceutical packaging via text message, to the same number used in Nigeria, to get confirmation of a product’s authenticity.

“Because the short code is the same across both countries, Sproxil’s cloud-based technology can easily detect illegally diverted products across the two countries”, Rick Tucker, software architect at Sproxil, said.

Sproxil is working with telecommunication network Safaricom to offer the service. Tucker said the connection between Safaricom and Sproxil is “heavily-encrypted” for security.

Orange also wants to enter the anti-counterfeiting market. In April Orange formed an agreement with mPedigree and detailed plans to use the technology to fight fakes in Kenya and Cameroon.

East Africa fights back

Working with technology providers is part of Kenyan efforts to fight back against counterfeit drugs. AllAfrica.com reports the East African Community (EAC), of which Kenya is a member, is pushing for common anti-counterfeiting laws across the region.

“To effectively free ourselves from counterfeits, we have to strengthen our action plans regarding international quality control benchmarks, intellectual property rights, veterinary and public health standards”, David Nalo, EAC Affairs permanent secretary, said.

Sampling by the Kenyan Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) and National Quality Control Laboratories (NQCL) in 2005 found almost three in every 10 drugs in Kenya to be counterfeit. Products marketed as legitimate pharmaceuticals were just chalk or water.

The specimen transportation system ensures the timely arrival of specimens at laboratory reception, in optimal condition.

Specimen Collection

A properly collected and handled specimen is critical to quality test results. Test Information Sheets provide comprehensive instructions

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Afri Care Logistic Solutions is a social enterprise that provides excellent health logistical solutions to underserved population in a humane, secure, efficient and timely manner ensuring greater satisfaction.

Mission Statement

Committed to providing equitable and accessible health logistics at affordable, secure and timely manner to a greater customer satisfaction.

Vision Statement

To be a global leader in health logistical solutions

Core values

•Integrity

•Excellence

•Commitment

•Timeliness

•Customer satisfaction 

•Humanity

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