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J Public Health Policy. 2015 Nov;36(4):384-9. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2015.22. Epub 2015 Jul 16.

Viewpoint: Counterfeit medicines and substandard medicines: Different problems requiring different solutions.

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1
Medicines Law and Policy, Paris 75011, France.
2
Quamed, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.

Abstract

New interest in the 'pandemic' of falsified medicines has resulted in efforts to put in place a treaty on 'medicines crime'. If the goal is to protect the interests of people and public health, an international agreement to ensure that all proven effective and necessary medicines are affordable, available, and of assured quality will do far more to combat falsified and substandard medicines than an agreement that deals primarily with the criminal aspects of problematic medicines production and distribution.

PMID:
26178809
DOI:
10.1057/jphp.2015.22
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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