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A slim, easy-to-use device that checks the authenticity of medicines would be available in every pharmacy if Facundo Fernandez had his way.

The gadget he has in mind would provide consumers peace of mind about the safety and quality of prescription drugs -- something that is increasingly a concern amid a rise in fake medicines.

A self-described optimist, Fernandez doesn't think his dream is that far-fetched. "I think it's possible," he told CNN. "The technology is available. It's a matter of making this really widespread."

An analytical chemist and assistant professor at Georgia Tech, Fernandez has spent the better part of the last decade fighting the global battle against counterfeit drugs.

Taken with the intention of curing illness, phony pharmaceuticals undermine treatment, and in some cases, can have lethal consequences for their unsuspecting buyers. Read full article »

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