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Communication/Conferences: The involvement of the United Arab Emirates on the fight against counterfeit medicines

Communication/Conferences: The involvement of the United Arab Emirates on the fight against counterfeit medicines

April 20th 2015 - www.gulfnews.com

Doctor Ameen Hussain Al Amiri, president of the Emirates International Conference on Combating Drug Counterfeiting (which took place on April 20th and 21st, 2015) speaks on this occasion about this “world-wide phenomenon” causing patient's deaths around the world. This type of counterfeit threatens the patient consumer because he is not being capable of making the difference between the real and the fake medicine. According to Dr Al Amiri, China and Africa are the biggest suppliers of counterfeit medicine; these products are being then exported in Europe. Besides, in 2011, the number of seizures of fake medicine amounted, according to him, to 954 cases in East Asia and to 381 cases in South America; 2,5 % of these products came from Arab countries. The mission asserted by this doctor is to insure the consumers the obtaining of high-quality medicine, safe and effective, thanks to the collaboration with the statutory authorities (Ministry of Health, Police of Dubai, Ministry of Interior, and Customs).