Blockchain concept By 2020,pharmacies and hospitals must be able to verify that the drugsthey're dispensing came from manufacturers or repackagers. (Photo:Shutterstock)

Blockchain believers have delivered little morethan hype, mostly failing to get it deployed outside thecryptocurrency space where the technology was developed. But alittle-noticed U.S. law could change that, bringing the ledgersystem to the pharmaceutical business.

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act from 2013 requires drugcompanies and their supply-chain partners to more closely trackwhere their finished products are shipped, making counterfeit medicines harder to sneak into thesystem and easing drug recalls.

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