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

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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.

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Correspondence to Ellen 't Hoen.

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Ensuring that all effective and necessary medicines are affordable, available, and of assured quality will combat falsified and substandard medicines. The authors explain how and why this will protect consumers.

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't Hoen, E., Pascual, F. Viewpoint: Counterfeit medicines and substandard medicines: Different problems requiring different solutions. J Public Health Pol 36, 384–389 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1057/jphp.2015.22

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Keywords

  • counterfeit medicines
  • medicines quality
  • access to medicines