Similarly, expansion of the Raman active ingredient database would make handheld Raman spectrometers more useful in detecting falsified drugs. All drug detection technologies would be more powerful if there were a full authentication database with information about drug color, shape, size, weight, Raman and near-infrared reflectance, and a TLC procedure for assay. Drug companies may balk at releasing this information, but the committee believes that stringent regulatory agencies should require it. Sharing all drug authentication information in a drug quality library would vastly improve the power of existing drug detection technologies.

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