The future of pharmacists?
The 12th International Pharmaceutical Forum was held in Dakar from July 6 to 9, 2011.
The Forum’s central theme focused on the future of the pharmaceutical profession. It brought together roughly 900 pharmacists from Francophone Africa as well as Europe and the Americas and dedicated its scientific program to issues of quality enforcement and producing high quality medicines.
Of note was the presence of Dr. Hélène Degui, Director of Central Humanitaire Medico-Pharmaceutique and member of the Scientific Committee of the Fondation Chirac.
The Prime Minister of Senegal, Souleymane Ndiaye Ndéné, opened the Forum by reaffirming the willingness of Senegal, the host country, to continue its fight against the illegal sale of falsified medicines: products with sub-standard dosage or imitations of brand-name drugs that are released on parallel markets and lure the most vulnerable.
The Fondation Chirac supports the fight against the traffic of falsified medicines. For this reason, President Jacques Chirac launched the Cotonou Declaration before an audience of African Presidents on October 12, 2009 to fight against the scourge of trafficking in falsified medicines, which causes over 100,000 deaths in Africa each year.
“Our government will continue the fight it began against the illegal sale of medicines outside of pharmacies licensed by the Ministry of Health.” confirmed the Prime Minister of Senegal.
To control the spread of this traffic, which tends to be the result of organized criminal networks, Souleymane Ndiaye Ndéné has notably called for the implementation of the African Medicines Agency, which will among other things, fight falsified drugs and the illicit sales of medicines
The International Pharmaceutical Forum confirms that Senegal’s highest administrative levels are keenly aware of the issue. After the Forum, pharmacists expressed determination to continue their efforts, and demanded increased advocacy and efforts from their governments, most of whom have signed the Cotonou Declaration.