Quality assurance of medicines supplied to low-income and middle-income countries: poor products in shiny boxes?

by A Nebot Giralt, B Schiavetti, B Meessen et al.
BMJ Global Health, 2017;2:e000172

11 pp. 1.4 MB

In today’s context of globalisation of pharmaceutical production and distribution, international and national procurement agencies play a de facto key role in defining the quality of medicines available in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors evaluated the compliance of a sample of pharmaceutical distributors active in sub-Saharan Africa with the standards of the WHO guideline ‘Model Quality Assurance System (WHO MQAS) for procurement agencies’, and they investigated factors favouring or hindering the adequate implementation of the guideline.

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