Surveillance for falsified and substandard medicines in Africa and Asia by local organizations using the low-cost GPHF Minilab

by Albert Petersen, Nadja Held, Lutz Heide et al.
PLoS ONE 12(9): e0184165 – Published: September 6, 2017

22pp. 6.4 MB
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?
id=10.1371/journal.pone.0184165&type=printable

Surveillance for poor-quality medicines can be carried out by local organizations in low- and middle-income countries using a simple, low-cost technology. Such surveillance can identify an important subgroup of the circulating substandard and falsified medical products and can help to prevent them from causing harm in patients. A collaboration of the national drug regulatory authorities with faith-based organizations and other NGOs may therefore represent a promising strategy towards the Sustainable Development Goal of “ensuring access to quality medicines”.

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