MMV echoes Fight the Fakes Alliance’s call for Global Fund Replenishment to prevent increase in falsified medicines
MMV, as a founder member of the Fight the Fakes Alliance, supports the association’s call for the full replenishment of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria this September to help avoid the entry of substandard and falsified medicines in low-and middle income countries.
According to a statement released by Fight the Fakes Alliance, “the replenishment of a minimum of $18 billion is of vital importance since the Global Fund only procures quality-assured medicines and medicinal products for low-and middle-income countries. If the replenishment is not met in full, then countries could be forced to procure non-quality-assured medicines. The resulting demand could lead to an increase of substandard and falsified medicines reaching patients […].”
It is estimated that every year, fake malaria, and tuberculosis medicines kill 700,000 people1. Antimicrobials such as antimalarials are the most reported substandard and falsified medicines and falsified or substandard treatments contribute significantly to the global burden of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.
→Read the full statement.
1. International Policy Network (IPN) Fake drugs kill over 700,000 people every year – new report. 2009. http://archive.today/ipW8i.