Medicines are not like other products. The standard notion of "counterfeit" focuses on the infringement of intellectual and/or industrial property, ignoring the public health consequences of falsified medicines. Indeed, counterfeit medicines do not represent the same stakes as other consumer products. It is the health and often the lives of users that is endangered.
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Counterfeit medical products constitute a lucrative trade in full expansion that concerns 10% of the world medical market according to the WHO. Though it is more profitable than the illegal drug trade, counterfeiters risk much lighter sentences, even though legislation does exist to punish them. A notable exception would be certain African countries where there is an utter legal void in terms of counterfeit products.
At the start of the 2000s, the WHO analyzed seizures around the world and estimated 60% of counterfeit medical products were destined for developing countries, while 40% were for developed countries.
A press conference was held on February 17, 2015 for the signing of the partnership Convention between Al-Bawsala and Orange-Tunisie with Claude Chirac in attendance.
The Fondation Chirac shared the proceeds from on of the most exceptional and unique auctions ever to be held. The event took place on Thursday February 5, 2015, thanks to the generosity of the artist Kouka and the real estate developer, Pitch Promotion.
In 2015, the Fondation Chirac will award its 7th Prize for Conflict Prevention and Prize Culture for Peace. This is a timely reminder to take a look at world security in terms of the number of conflicts.
THE MAGAZINE PUBLISHED ITS LIST OF THE 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN WOMEN IN THE WORLD. AMIRA YAHYAOUI IS INCLUDED.
The IRACM (International Institute of Research against Counterfeit Medicine) has posted on its internet site an interactive e-course on the dangers of falsified medicinal products.
THE HEADS OF STATES AND GOVERNMENTS OF THE FRANCOPHONIE HAVE ADOPTED A RESOLUTION AGAINST THE TRAFFIC OF FALSIFIED MEDICINES AND MEDICAL PRODUCTS DURING THE XVth SUMMIT OF THE FRANCOPHONIE, HELD ON NOVEMBER 29 AND 30, 2014 IN DAKAR.
THE LAUREATE OF THE 2014 FONDATION CHIRAC PRIZE FOR CONFLICT PREVENTION AND THE 2014 CULTURE FOR PEACE PRIZE, BESTOWED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE AND DIVERSITY, WERE AWARDED FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2014 AT THE QUAI BRANLY MUSEUM. FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC, AND PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC, ALONG WITH THE FONDATION CHIRAC JURY MEMBERS WERE ALL IN ATTENDANCE.