The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Fondation Chirac are presenting Pharmacide. This video is warning against the dangers of consumption of drugs purchased through the Internet.
In February 2010, Pfizer conducted a study showing that one in five consumers regularly buy drugs online in Europe. In France, 14% of respondents say they buy prescription drugs online. This new reality led the European Parliament to vote, on February 16, 2011, a directive to prevent the introduction of falsified medicines into the European market.
The Fondation Chirac applauds the European initiative and hopes that the EU will include, in its cooperation programs with developing countries, projects specifically dedicated to ensuring the safety of the pharmaceutical distribution circuit and enhancing drug quality control. Traffic in falsified medicines primarily affects developing countries with fragile borders, whose regulation are in the process of being defined, and who have few means to control and punish traffickers.
Since December 2010, the Fondation Chirac is working in partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs against falsified medicines. Pharmacide is part of this collaboration.
With the Pierre Fabre foundation, the Fondation Chirac has a field project with exemplary practices to fight against this scourge: the National Drug Quality Control Laboratory of Benin which reinforces efforts against false medicines.
The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has also established a Priority Solidarity Fund for the Mekong region that cooperates with the region’s governments to fight against the manufacture and trade of falsified medicines.