Falsified Medicines and the Global Public's Health

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IFPMA Geneva Pharma Forum, The Threat of False Friends,
Fake Medicines - Imminent Risks to Global Health (Geneva, 11 December2013),
Prof. David Taylor

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Falsified Medicines and the Global Public's Health

  1. 1. Falsified Medicines and theGlobal Public’s HealthDavid TaylorProfessor of Pharmaceutical and Public Health PolicyThe UCL School of Pharmacy
  2. 2. Medical products should meet standards of quality, safety andefficacy. The quality of medical products is, however, a major publichealth concern to the World Health Organization and its MemberStates........The illegitimate manufacture, distribution, widespreadavailability and indiscriminate use of substandard/spurious/falselylabelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products have seriousconsequences on public healthReport of the regional taskforce on prevention and control ofsubstandard/spurious/falsely labelled/falsified/counterfeit. WHORegional Office for Africa, May 26th 2011 Falsified Medicines and the Global Public’s Health
  3. 3. Medicines falsification(counterfeiting) involvesdeliberate intent to deceive andto avoid legal regulationThe remedies needed todiscourage it are unlike thosenormally required to assuregood quality and discouragesub-standard production inlegally regulated circumstances Paul Newton and Roger Bate Falsified Medicines and the Global Public’s Health
  4. 4. The licit and illicit medicines supply chains Falsified Medicines and the Global Public’s Health
  5. 5. Falsified Medicines and the Global Public’s Health
  6. 6. Weak quantitative but strong qualitative evidence of harm Case studies include: Kevin Xu Christiaan Winkel Falsified Avastin and Tamiflu in the US The Jebel Ali Free Zone Plavix in the LebanonHarpakash Kaur: Travel and fake Counterfeit antimalarials inartesunate: a risky business Nigeria Falsified Medicines and the Global Public’s Health
  7. 7. Countries and regions from China and India tothe US and Turkey and Nigeria to Russia and theUK are already working to prevent medicinesfalsification, drive out corruption and improvepublic health.In Europe the recording and authenticitychecking measures to be introduced under theterms of the 2011 Falsified Medicines Directiveshould open the way to log term public healthbenefits above and beyond those immediatelyassociated with reduced levels of counterfeiting.But better global co-ordination and greater unityof purpose could add further gains. Ton Hoek and Dora Akunyili Falsified Medicines and the Global Public’s Health
  8. 8. Towards more effective Mechanisms?Over 200 delegates from 76 countriesgathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina for theSSFFC member state mechanism meetingfrom 19-21 November 2012. ,
  9. 9. David.G.Taylor@ ucl.ac.uk Falsified Medicines and the Global Public’s Health

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