|On March 17, 2011, the Fondation Chirac accepted the invitation of the ACP/EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee to present the traffic of falsified medicines to members of Parliament gathered in Brussels.|
Thierry Cornillet, former European Deputy and member of the Scientific Committee of the Fondation Chirac, and Pierre Catalan, Project Manager, presented to members of the European Parliament and representatives of African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) states, the issues surrounding the traffic of counterfeit medicines and the policies advocated by the Fondation Chirac:
• raising awareness amongst authorities at the highest levels of State;
• a national approach with the implementation of a national action plan and an inter-ministerial organization of the relevant services (health, communications, police, customs, justice);
• a regional approach to drug regulation, importing generic essential drugs, and cross-border cooperation for the illegal market;
• strengthening of pharmaceutical regulations for market authorizations and quality control of medications;
• cooperation with relevant international organizations to strengthen the capacities of health, customs, police and judicial administrations;
• informing the general public and health professionals about the dangers of consuming street medication;
Parliamentarians stressed the importance of linking the quality of medicines and their cost: the pharmaceutical contraband of low quality products flourishes because of the price of certain drugs in pharmacies. They also insisted on the pharmaceutical distribution channels that are unsatisfactory in rural and suburban areas.
They also highlighted the problem of training personnel for Customs or drug quality control agencies and the lack of necessary equipment to carry out their work.
Finally, the representative of Gambia emphasized the need to preserve traditional pharmacopoeia which, while not in an of itself medicines, provides access to health care for certain diseases with effective results.
|The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary AssemblyThe ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly is made up of 78 European Deputies and 78 representatives from the ACP countries, one for each of the 78 African, Caribbean, and Pacific nations with which the EU maintains development cooperation policies since the Cotonou Agreement in 2000.|