Thesis topic proposal
András Fittler
Evaluation of the online pharmaceutical market and the dangers of counterfeit medicines


Institute: University of Pécs
Doctoral School of Pharmacologycal and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Thesis supervisor: András Fittler
Location of studies (in Hungarian): PTE ÁOK
Abbreviation of location of studies: ÁOK

Description of the research topic:

Thousands of internet pharmacies are accessible on the web, and a vast number of illegitimate vendors overwhelm the market of online pharmaceuticals. This illegal market segment operates within an uncontrolled environment, with no restrictions on vendors, consumers or products, in which practically anyone can purchase any type of medication without a prescription, medical supervision or appropriate diagnosis, consequently compromising patient and medication safety. International and national authorities lack efficient tools to discover and shut down illicit pharmacy websites thus, advanced computational methods are needed to detect and mitigate cybercriminal activity. We hypothesize, by providing real time and real world data on online pharmacy market (vendors, networks, products and information) will benefit and assist professional and authority reviews, furthermore, support the effectiveness of measures combating illegal peddling of pharmaceuticals. As without seeing the real world dangers and size of the illegal online market, stakeholders of the drug supply and health systems do not recognize the extent of the potential threat. Accordingly, our research project focuses on adapting novel information technology and data-analysis and science methods regarding the evaluation of this enormous online market, and to evaluate intervention methods.

Number of students who can be accepted: 1

Deadline for application: 2023-05-19

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