– Unusual in the industrialized countries
– Commonplace in the developing countries
by Jacques Pinel
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF – Doctors Without Borders), 2016
Starting in the 1990s, the author of this paper devoted himself to the issues of access to medicines required for fighting HIV and AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and the quality of medicines on the international market. Throughout his career he witnessed the evolution and growing complexity of the world’s medicines markets with the rising risks for the people of developing countries. Extremely worried about the dangers presented by falsified and poor-quality medicines for these peoples and always believing in the huge importance of education, he spent his later years drafting a document for laymen about these issues. When he passed away in August, 2015, he had not yet finished his paper. His close co-workers and companions therefore decided to finish this document in his spirit so as to make it available to as many people as possible. The outcome of this process had been made public in French in August 2016, and it is has now been translated in English.