Big Pharmaceutical: Africa Fake Drugs
Roger Bate & Thompson Ayodele*
NEWS RELEASE: IPPA Study Indicates Counterfeit Medicines still Prevalence but on Decline
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21st? May 2009
Worse, many countries have corrupt regulatory and legal systems that are easily exploited by criminal counterfeiters, so additional rules will only increase corruption.
?”Substandard drugs thrive in Africa because many people who are victims do not have the courage to divulge the culprits to authorities because of fear of being attacked by the counterfeiters. This happens because of the weak penal system that gives light sentences to the perpetrators. Unless African countries begin to institutionalize respect for trademark laws, ensure that the judicial systems is strengthened and government reduces tariffs, taxes and VAT on drugs, fake or substandard drugs will continue to pose challenge in healthcare delivery”