The EU launches a new project to fight falsified medicines in developing countries

Brussels – Ahead of World Health Day on April 7, 2014, the European Union has launched a new project which will support the fight against the production and the trafficking in falsified medicines in Cameroon, Ghana, Jordan, Morocco and Senegal. These countries are located along two of the main routes for the production and trafficking in falsified medicines.

Falsified medicines are a major threat to public health and safety as they usually contain ingredients which are of bad quality, in the wrong dose or simply ineffective, and in some cases even toxic.

Falsified medicine is a problem that affects all countries, although developing countries are particularly exposed and vulnerable to its dangers. According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 100,000 deaths a year in Africa are due to the trade of falsified medicines.

The project will enable the national judicial, control and law enforcement authorities to efficiently respond to the fight against falsified medicines, providing them with the necessary legal framework and capacities to conduct these operations effectively.

The European Commission is contributing more than €4 million to this 3 year project. The funds made available are provided by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).

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