President Jacques Chirac, in the presence of the Honorable Thomas Boni Yayi, President of Benin, and the Honorable Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, and several other heads of state and directors of international organizations, called political leaders to fight against the traffic of falsified medicines.
Since the Cotonou Declaration on October 12, 2009, multiple initiatives have energized and strengthened the international mobilization against fake medicines.
- January 19, 2010: Congo-Brazzaville prepares a law against fake medicines – Read the article
- September 17, 2010: Presentation of the campaign against fake medicines for the ACP countries in Bruxelles
- October 15, 2010: Conference on Fake Medicines at the Palais Brongniart in Paris with the Pierre Fabre Foundation and the Mutualité française – Read the conference summary
- October 24, 2010: Adoption of a resolution against fake medicines by the Heads of State and Government of the Francophonie – Read the OIF Resolution
- November 2010: INTERPOL reaffirms its commitment against the traffic of falsified medicines – Read the article
- December 8, 2010: Adoption of the MEDICRIME Convention by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe – Read the article
- December 20, 2010: Official inauguration of the National Laboratory for the Quality Control of Medicines in Cotonou
- February 16, 2010: A new directive, approved by the European Parliament, strengthens existing instruments against fake medicines to better protect patients by securing the distribution chain, especially on the Internet – Read the article on the new Directive
- September 27 to 29, 2011 : Ougadougou Roundtable, Burkina Faso welcomed a round table with all the institutional and non-governmental parties concerned with the pharmaceutical quality and the fight against trafficking of falsified medicines in West Africa. Read more
- October 26, 2011: The MEDICRIME Convention from the Council of Europe has been opened for signature by member States. It is equally opened for signature by States that are not members of the Council of Europe. –Read: MEDICRIME Convention signed by 12 States
Goals of the International Mobilization Campaign
This campaign seeks to redress three of the most significant obstacles in fighting the traffic of falsified medicines.
1. Raising awareness and informing populations of the traffic’s impact
– The purchasing behaviors at every link of the supply chain must change. To reinforce access to quality medical care for entire populations, even the world’s poorest, it is essential to broaden access and inform consumers about quality generic medicines at 1/10 of the price of non-generics, available in private and public pharmacies.
– Pharmacists should systematically inform customers about the presence and real dangers associated with the use of falsified medicines.
2. Training staff and equipping labs with the tools needed to assure quality medicine
– It is of the utmost importance to train local pharmacists and laboratory technicians and empower them with the necessary resources to promote the laboratories’ continued operation.
– To this end, a team, or teams, of qualified technicians should be formed to inspect and improve laboratories and train their staffs.
3. Creating a legal framework to better prosecute traffickers, guarantee the pharmaceutical supply chain and bolster the right of all to safe, quality medicines
– There is not longer any doubt that the traffic of falsified medicines poses a serious threat to public health. It is therefore incumbent on decision makers to establish an internationally recognized law to end this blight. The WHO and France both have legislation that could serve as the model for broader legislation.
– This new legal framework should federate the different actors of the health industry (pharmacists, their associations, laboratories) as well as law enforcement and customs officials to better secure the pharmaceutical distribution chain. It is also necessary to investigate the traffic of falsified medicines, so that authorities are better suited to stop it.