|The Council of Europe organized an international meeting on April 15 and 16, 2010 in Basel to prepare for the implementation of the future Convention on Counterfeiting of Medical Products and Similar Crimes involving Threats to Public Health, MEDICRIME.|
Intended to protect public health, the MEDICRIME Convention provides for criminal sanctions and preventive and protective measures for victims. Open to countries around the world, the Convention also provides a framework for international cooperation and measures to improve national coordination.
The Fondation Chirac supports this initiative against falsified drugs. For the past two years, the Fondation has actively pursued a program of access to quality medicines and healthcare led by Professor Gentilini.
Claude Debrulle, one of the authors of the Convention and an expert with the Fondation Chirac will travel to Basel. He underlined the fact that “at the organizational level, the efforts of developing countries must be combined with those initiated by European countries. […] We must, first, increase the number of trained and competent individuals available to law enforcement authorities, and secondly, break down barriers between the different authorities in charge of the fight against falsified drugs. Developing countries, who do not have or still do not have, criminal laws against falsified drugs, must adopt one similar to that advocated by the Convention of the Council of Europe.”