1 / What are the stakes of the Franco-Russian Health Forum?
The stakes are extremely important. From one end to the other of Europe (as conceived by General de Gaulle: from the Atlantic to the Urals), things are changing very quickly in State governance. Each country must show these changes. We have learned a considerable amount about the New Russia and I believe we have helped Russians discover certain aspects of France they may have ignored until now.
2 / What were the resulting perspectives of the round tables dedicated to trafficking in falsified medicines?
The vast movement against falsified medicines cannot be limited to a few signatory countries of a charter. The phenomenon is both global and national. It is a mistake to consider that falsified medicines are products exported to so-called “poor” countries. Manufacturers of such products, sometimes even seemingly reputable ones, are equally interested in the domestic markets of emerging and developed countries. We were interested in presenting our Russian colleagues a more collective awareness of the issue.
3 / What is Russia’s role in relation to trafficking in falsified medicines?
My conversations with Russian officials have thoroughly convinced me that the Fondation Chirac’s position has rendered them even more alert.
4 / The MEDICRIME Convention will be ready for signature in Moscow during a conference in October. Can you tell us about this project and its intended scope ?
The criminalization of the production and marketing of these products facilitates the repression phase against those individuals engaging in such business. This statement perfectly captured the attention of Russians I met.
5 / What is Russia’s vision of health issues in Africa, which includes trafficking in falsified medicines?
Russia is perfectly aware of the critical role played by President Jacques Chirac in putting development aid on the agenda of the G8 and the G20. Thanks to his efforts, membership within the club of “rich” countries includes open support for such development aid.
In addition, Russia’s giant neighbor China has encountered serious quality control problems in certain food chains, especially dairy products (yogurts…). These important food accidents can be considered as trafficking in complementary products. What happened in China could very well occur elsewhere in the world, including Russia.
I believe our discussions were very useful and very well prepared, both by the French Embassy and the Russian authorities