The GPHF Minilab™: Help that fits in a suitcase
The GPHF has specifically developed the Minilab for use in regions with simple infrastructure. This compact, portable lab fits into a tropics-resistant suitcase and enables counterfeit medicines to be detected quickly, easily and inexpensively. The tests do not rely on external power sources and require only ordinary drinking water. There is currently no other product like it.
Using the Minilab, we can test whether pharmaceuticals contain the correct concentration of the indicated active ingredient (API). We’re working to improve the Minilab by increasing the number of APIs that they can screen. At the beginning of 2016, new methods were introduced for five active ingredients. This brings the total number of testable APIs to 80, ranging from antimalarials and antibiotics, to analgesics and antipyretics.
The GPHF generally provides its Minilabs at cost, but in 2015 the organization donated seven kits to various African countries. In 2015, we likewise donated seven GPHF Minilabs™ to nations in Africa. In partnership with international organizations, the GPHF also trains local healthcare professionals how to use the test kit.