|Stephen Harper, Canada’s Prime Minister, spoke for his country when he joined the Fondation Chirac and its President in the struggle against falsified medicines.|
This stance from the head of an economically advanced country is even more important because it highlights to what extent this issue concerns us all. For Stephen Harper, “the Cotonou Declaration has proven the determination of many African countries and developed countries to render pharmaceutical distribution channels safer and to promote better access to authentic medicines.” The Canadian Prime Minister stated his country would “continue its contribution to multilateral efforts to detect and eliminate falsified medicines. “
It is currently estimated that 10% of medication sold worldwide is falsified, causing tens of thousands of deaths annually, mostly in developing countries.
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Since the Cotonou Declaration on October 12, 2009, several initiatives have energized and strengthened the international campaign against falsified medicines:
- January 19, 2010: The Congo – Brazzaville prepared a law against falsified medicines – Read the article on the proposed bill.
- June 24, 2010: Speech by Jacques Chirac before the Council of the World Customs Organization – Read Jacques Chirac’s speech.
- September 17, 2010: in Brussels, the presentation of the campaign against falsified medicines before the representatives of the ACP countries.
- October 15, 2010: Conference in partnership with the Pierre Fabre foundation and the Mutualité Française on falsified medicines at the Palais Brongniart in Paris – Read Conference Proceedings.
- October 24, 2010: Adoption of a resolution against falsified medicines by the Heads of Francophonie States and Governments – Read the article on the OIF’s resolution.
- November 12, 2010: Adoption of a resolution against falsified medicines by the ACP Group of States – Read the article on the ACP resolution.
- Mid-November 2010: INTERPOL reaffirms its commitment against the trafic of falsified medicines – Read the article on INTERPOL.
- December 6-7, 2010: European Development Days, a day-long conference on falsified medicines with Mr Louis Michel, MEP, Co-Chairman of the Joint CP-EU Parliamentary Assembly. – See the speech and the photos from the European Development Days.
- December 8, 2010: Adoption of the MEDICRIME Convention by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers – Read the article on MEDICRIME.
- December 20, 2010: Inauguration of Cotonou’s National Laboratory for Drug Quality Control.
- February 16, 2011: A new directive, approved by the European Parliament, strengthens measures against falsified medicines to better protect patients by rendering distribution channel safer, particularly on the Internet. – Read the article about the European Parliament approved directive.
- March 4, 2011: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, pledges to fight against falsified medicines.