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How will technology aid an ageing world?

September 26, 2019 / GILLIAN EWERS

This article explores the potential of readily available technology to address current traceability challenges as well as more wide-ranging issues in the pharmaceutical industry. According to Ernst and Young,1 the expected lifespan of someone born in 2015 will be more than 10 years longer than one born in 1970. Another way of thinking about this is that 612 million people were over 65 years old in 2015 (8 percent of the global population)2 and this is expected to increase to 1.58 billion (16 percent) in 2050. While this seems like a modest average growth per year over the period, the growth in the coming years is projected to be double that of the later years’ growth.