Anti-malarial medicine quality field studies and surveys: a systematic review of screening technologies used and reporting of findings

by Mirza Lalani, Freddy Eric Kitutu, Siân E. Clarke et al.
Malaria Journal, 2017 16:197 – Published: 15 May 2017

14 pp. 2.1 MB

Assessing the quality of medicines in low-middle income countries (LMICs) relies primarily on human inspection and screening technologies, where available. Field studies and surveys have frequently utilized screening tests to analyse medicines sampled at the point of care, such as health care facilities and medicine outlets, to provide a snap shot of medicine quality in a specific geographical area. This review presents an overview of the screening tests typically employed in surveys to assess anti-malarial medicine quality, summarizes the analytical methods used, how findings have been reported and proposes a reporting template for future studies.

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