|On February 28, 2011, the scientific committee of the Program against falsified drugs came together for its fourth meeting. The experts defined the Fondation Chirac’s future efforts: continued advocacy with the European Union, renewed support for the Cotonou laboratory, and a conference at the Université Senghor de la Francophonie.|
Led by Professor Marc Gentilini and Catherine Joubert, the agenda for the next several weeks was validated by the Committee. Accompanied by former MEP Thierry Cornillet, Professor Marc Gentilini and Catherine Joubert will travel to Brussels on March 16 and 17, 2011. Once there, they will meet Fokion Fotiadis, the European Commission’s Director General for Development. They will present the Fondation Chirac’s campaign against falsified drugs, the recommended solutions, as well as the solutions that resulted from the Cotonou Declaration.
Field projects will prolong these advocacy efforts and so, it has been decided that the Fondation Chirac will renew its support for the Cotonou National Drug Quality Control Laboratory (NDQCL).
The Laboratory was the Fondation’s first field project. Launched at the same time as the Fondation itself in June 2008, the laboratory inaugurated its new premises last December. The new building was necessary to modernize the laboratory and was funded by the Fondation Chirac, the Pierre Fabre Foundation, and the Government of Benin. However, the initial construction will not afford the laboratory the necessary capacity to work at the regional level, which was the project’s original goal.
Thus, the two foundations have decided to further support the laboratory, offering technical assistance for laboratory work and its administration.
Finally, following a meeting with Dr. Christian Mésenge, head of the Department of Health at the Université Senghor de la Francophonie (Alexandria), Professor Marc Gentilini; Aline Plançon, head of Interpol’s Medical Product Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime unit (MPCPC); and Thierry Le Lay, special envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs against falsified drugs, will participate in a video-conference with students from the University. They will discuss the definition of falsified drugs, their health implications, issues for policing and justice, and the status of international negotiations on the subject.