The World Health Organisation has published an updated factsheet on the traffic of falsified medical products on its internet site with figures and advice on how to fight this scourge.
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The battle against falsified medical products is intensifying with the entry into force of the European Council's Medicrime Convention as of January 1, 2016. The goal is to end the traffic of falsified medical products thanks to a general mobilization at the international level.
The International Institute Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM) is launching a new international awareness campaign about counterfeit medicines on Internet. "It’s all fake" is the new message that the institute is seeking to promote in the next step of the nationwide campaign launched in France on July 2015, What in the world is a fake medicine? 1, and through the dissemination of an information booklet to make people aware of the fake medicines available on Internet, and that are also bought when travelling.
Techonological advances can and must be used to battle falsified medicine. What can they offer those involved in protecting patients' health?
Every year, in economically developed countries, tens of thousands of tons of medication are left unused at the end of treatments or because they have expired. Donating these products to developing countries is laudable but is it truly beneficial?
Medical products are not the only falsified products. Aside from the ubiquitous handbags and other fashion items, many products are affected by this growing and often dangerous phenomenon.
Denis Mukwege, laureate of the 2013 Fondation Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention, has been awarded the very first Prize for Democracy and Human Rights by the Parliament of the Federation of Wallonia-Brussels.
Developing countries are by far the most affected by the traffic of falsified medicine. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 30% of all medication on the market in these countries is falsified.
France is one of the countries least hit by the scourge of falsified medical products. Could its unique health system be the explanation?
Long considered efficient and safe, European health systems are being threatened by falsified medical products.