[Ip-health] Kaiser Foundation- WCO Signs Declaration, Vows To Crack Down On Counterfeit Drug Industry

Terri - Louise Beswick Terri at haiweb.org
Mon Jun 28 02:56:39 PDT 2010

WCO Signs Declaration, Vows To Crack Down On Counterfeit Drug Industry


Friday, June 25, 2010


World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya on
Thursday signed a declaration vowing his group's commitment to crack
down on the counterfeit drug industry, PBS NewsHour's "The Rundown" blog
reports. The piece examines the growing threat of counterfeit
medications worldwide and efforts to clamp down on the distribution of
such drugs (Miller, 6/24).


Former French President Jacques Chirac, "applauded the efforts of the
WCO's 176 Member Customs administrations to combat the illegal and often
lethal trade in counterfeit medicines," according to a WCO press
release. The release notes that, "Chirac, in his capacity as the
President of the Chirac Foundation, has taken up the fake medicine cause
to protect consumers and their health and safety, particularly in
Africa, by ensuring they have access to safe medicines through a global
initiative aimed at fighting this dishonest fake trade" (6/24).


"Countries across the globe, in particular those in Africa, suffer the
scourge of being flooded with fake and sub-standard medicine," Mikuriya
said during an address to the WCO's 176 member countries, during which
he signed the Chirac Foundation's Cotonou Declaration, according to the
news service.


"Malaria tablets, heart treatment medication and H1N1 vaccines are among
the drugs being sold in counterfeit form, making up 10 percent of
worldwide pharmaceutical sales, according to ... Chirac," the news
service reports. The article includes comments by Ilisa Bernstein,
deputy director of the office of compliance at the FDA, and Roger Bate,
an economist who writes about the issue at the American Enterprise
Institute for Public Policy Research (6/24).



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