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Communication / Conference: WHO denounces the connection between falsified medicines and antimicrobial resistance

Communication / Conference: WHO denounces the connection between falsified medicines and antimicrobial resistance


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On the margin of the 72th United Nations General Assembly1, Dr. Hajime Inoue, Senior Advisor to the Director-General and Special Representative for Antimicrobial Resistance at the WHO, gave an update on global efforts against substandard and falsified medicines in the context of the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). More than 130 member States have completed a national action plan on AMR or in the process, covering more than 90 percent of the global population.


Since WHO launched its global surveillance and monitoring system for substandard or falsified medicines in 2012, they have gathered more than 1,500 reports of such medicine from more than 100 countries. Based on data from the first 4 years of the database, about 40 % of all reports came from antimicrobials, either anti-malarial medicine or antibiotics.


Quality of medicine relates to all five objectives of the global action plan, he said: awareness, surveillance, reducing infections, appropriate use of antimicrobials, and research and development or investment, Inoue said.


WHO denounces the connection between falsified medicines and antimicrobial resistance
Credit: United Nations


1The General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the United Nations, the only one in which all Member States have equal representation http://www.un.org/en/ga/.

 

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