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IAPO calls for WHO Member State action on counterfeit medical products
by IAPO at 12:46PM Friday 24 May 2013 (News)

Geneva, Switzerland,  May 2013 – The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) today urged the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States to involve patients in strategies to tackle the proliferation of counterfeit medication products. This request was central to an intervention made by IAPO on Substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products at the Sixty-sixth session of the WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. The following is taken from IAPO’s statement:

“…IAPO has prioritized the issue of substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products as one of many patient safety issues that are a real danger to patients. These products pose a very real threat to the lives of patients worldwide and are one of many threats to the quality and safety of medicines available to patients.

IAPO is supportive of the ‘member-state mechanism’ to promote the prevention and control of counterfeit medical products and associated activities. In particular, IAPO is pleased to see the inclusion in its work plan, of actions towards strengthening and capacity building of national and regional regulatory authorities and quality control laboratories. Similarly, IAPO supports the commitment outlined to “communication, education and awareness raising with consumers, health professionals and industry”. However, we would like to see more progress in taking this work forward.

Progress on a number of activities outlined in the work plan was achieved by the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce and we encourage Member States to build on that work, utilising the lessons learnt and resources pledged to tackle counterfeit medical products through the taskforce. In this regard, IAPO believes that the ‘member state mechanism’ needs to detail how the many stakeholders with expertise, or who may be affected by this threat, will be included. A multi-stakeholder approach is absolutely essential to ensuring success. There are many key stakeholders ranging from health professionals to regulators to patients themselves and it is essential that they are all involved meaningfully in this work.  

We must not let substandard, spurious, falsely-labelled, falsified, counterfeit medical products undermine trust and confidence in our health systems and we must not delay our efforts to find effective solutions to this critical public health issue.”


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Note to Editors:
About IAPO: IAPO is the only global alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas and promoting patient-centred healthcare worldwide. Our members are patients’ organizations working at the local, national, regional and international levels to represent and support patients, their families and carers. IAPO has over 200 members which span over 60 countries and 60 disease areas and through its membership represents an estimated 365 million patients worldwide.
For further information, please contact:
Mr Jeremiah Mwangi, Policy & External Affairs Director, IAPO
T: +44 20 7250 8280; Email: jeremiah@patientsorganizations.org
Website: www.patientsorganizations.org

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