Thu, 10/04/2018 – 5:00am by Bob Miglani, Applied DNA Sciences

The pharmaceutical supply chain that delivers needed medicines to patients around the world is complex and critical. It also appears to be outdated.

Consider this: We buy salmon at our local Whole Foods grocery store and are informed of the origin of the fish. We buy coffee beans at the same store and are informed in great detail that it was sourced from farms around the world under sustainable conditions that have been certified by a third party. After the grocery store, we may wish to order a pizza for the kids, so we order one online through the Domino’s Pizza app. After placing the order, we are shown a “Pizza Tracker,” which gives us a clear view of where our pizza is in the process—from being made in the kitchen to being whisked away in the delivery vehicle—all of which can be tracked online.