The World Health Organisation’s website contains a multitude of facts on a variety of health subjects. The information, grouped under various factsheets are freely accessible on the internet and offer the general public, as well as health professionals, clear and precise information on the subject of their choice (Obesity, Hepatitis B, vaccinations, medical waste,…).
One of these factsheets concerns the traffic of falsified medical products. To keep up with the constant evolution of this scourge, the OMS published an updated version in January 2016 underlining the amplitude of the threat and the risks associated with falsified medical products.
The OMS set up a surveillance and monitoring system in 2013 that now involves 113 countries and “18 of the largest buying organisms (of medical products) have been trained in its use”. Since its launch, over 920 medical products (brand name and generic drugs belonging to all therapeutic classes) have been reported as “falsified”.