By Bernd Debusmann Jr
The DHA has already begun discussions with pharmaceutical manufacturing and supply companies to help implement the new system
The Dubai Health Authority will begin implementing a new system to monitor medications in the middle of 2020.
The 'track and trace' system will follow both locally and foreign-produced medications from the production line to the prescription stage, with an eye towards combatting the illicit trade in counterfeit medicines and ensuring the accuracy and credibility of insurance claims.
In a statement, the DHA said it has already begun discussions with pharmaceutical manufacturing and supply companies to help implement the new system.
The system will also help improve the management of Dubai's medication inventory and assist in preventing shortages in the future.
DHA will become the first health authority in the UAE to implement such a system. The entity was the first in the country to adopt a barcode system in the health sector in 2017.
It also operates a number of high-tech 'smart' pharmacies in various parts of the emirate.