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Meet the South Dakotans who can tell you if those drugs are legit

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South Dakota State University doctoral student Kyle Burch grinds different brands of aspirin for a double-blind study to see if his colleague, master’s student Megan Guetzloff, can differentiate them using the techniques they have developed to identify counterfeit medications. Their research adviser is professor Brian Logue of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The work is part of the South Dakota Center for Understanding and Disrupting the Illicit Economy.

The attached interview above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment.

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Professor Brian Logue, SDSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and two graduate students will develop techniques to determine the chemical composition of drugs from various manufacturers and develop a chemical fingerprint.

Logue is part of the South Dakota Center for Understanding and Disrupting the Illicit Economy. The center recently received a five-year, $3.9 million award from the South Dakota Research and Commercialization Council. The goal is to thwart criminal activity and illegal trade on the dark web and other networks.

Logue will team with Associate professor Chris Saunders from the SDSU Math department. Saunders will apply statistical methodologies to figure out if a drug might be counterfeit.

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