Meds-on-a-Mission Blog: January 2020
Updated: Mar 15, 2020
AIMING to bring Healing . Health . Hope to Millions by Increasing AWARENESS of Fake Therapies & their Consequences, focusing on ADVOCACY and Partnerships to Address this Epidemic, while Supporting ACCESS to Effective and Affordable Medications.
January 2020 : Each issue highlights events involving the ongoing challenges associated with the epidemic of fake medications worldwide, the efforts being taken to combat this epidemic, and efforts to increase access to safe and effective medications.
I. AWARENESS: This month's issue showcases areas where there are challenges associated with taking fake, substandard, & counterfeit medications and the consequences
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After he was struck down by malaria and typhoid, Togolese tailor Ayawo Hievi thought he was set to recover when he started taking drugs prescribed by his doctor. But far from curing him, the medication he was given at the neighbourhood clinic made him far worse -- eventually costing him one of his kidneys.
Africa struggles to stem deadly flood of fake medicine: The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every year some100,000 people across Africa die from taking ‘falsified or substandard’ medication. The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene estimated in 2015 that 122,000 children under five died due to taking poor quality anti-malaria drugs in sub-Saharan Africa. Weak legislation, poor health care systems, and widespread poverty have encouraged the growth of this parallel — and deadly — market. Since 2013, Africa has made up 42 percent of the fake medicine seized worldwide. The two drugs most likely to be out-of-date or poor, ineffective copies are antibiotics and antimalarials.
India’s top drug regulatory authority has flagged 47 batches of medicines for failing quality tests in December, including Abbott India’s gallstones medication Udiliv 300, Mankind Pharma’s iron supplement Ferikind-M Suspension and Torrent Pharma’s high blood pressure tablets Lorvas SR.
The crime branch of Rajasthan police on Tuesday evening busted a factory involved in manufacturing fake medicines. The factory was being run out of a Housing Board house located in Jawhar Nagar area. The police have detained two people and are interrogating them. The factory was being run on the pretext of manufacturing Ayurveda medicines.
II. ADVOCACY: The following global advocacy activities and partnerships, addressing the fake / counterfeit medication crisis and medication challenges
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Recent reports on the issue of access to medicines in developing countries are a clear reminder that biopharmaceutical companies — including Gilead Sciences — have an obligation to think about how all patients across the world can benefit from new medical advances as early as possible, regardless of economic circumstance. This is just as important as the cutting-edge science that leads to new medicines. There is no one-size-fits-all access solution — every country needs to be approached on its own terms.
There is a meeting of seven African countries, in Togo, to combat this problem - Congo, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Ghana and Gambia will discuss measures to clamp down on trafficking in fake medicines.
LOME, Togo — The pills tend to come surreptitiously from China, India and Nigeria. They're packaged like cures for fever and rashes. They land on street corners — sometimes in plain view — and promise to ease suffering at a fraction of the cost. But fake drugs kill tens of thousands of people each year in a global counterfeit trade worth an estimated $200 billion, thwarting progress in the fight against malaria and other life-threatening diseases, experts say, while funding organized crime
Researchers from West Lafayette's Perdue University have created an edible security tag that can classify authentic drugs, using the existing physical unclonable functions (PUF) method, and published their research in the 'Nature Communications' journal.
III. ACCESS: Entities making a difference by finding ways to provide safe and effective medications to all
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The latest Access to Medicine Index, published last November, found that while all 20 pharmaceutical companies assessed have some form of access initiative in place, a small group of companies account for the most activity. The Index also identified company best practices, for example, programmes offering discounted prices or donating products. These initiatives are a step in the right direction but their actual impact on access is unclear.
MEDS ON A MISSION – We AIM to bring Healing . Health . Hope to Millions Through Increased AWARENESS of Fake Therapies & their Consequences, Continued Focus on ADVOCACY and Efforts to Address This Epidemic, and Identifying ACCESS opportunities to Effective and Affordable Medications. If you are aware of any efforts going on in the above areas, please forward that information to firstname.lastname@example.org