THE EMINENT THREATS OF COUNTERFEIT DRUGS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN AFRICA: UPDATES ON CONSEQUENCES AND WAY FORWARD


Nafiu Aminu, Mahmud Sani Gwarzo

Abstract


Counterfeit drugs (CDs) continue to cause serious public health problems in many countries around the globe, particularly in the African countries which are their major consumers. Soft penalties for the drug counterfeiters; recent increase in internet commerce; ignorance and lack of effective partnership between drug companies, drug regulatory agencies, law enforcement bodies, customs, among others, have contributed to the rise in counterfeiting menace. However, governments at various levels in some of the affected countries do not accede to the menace of CDs, as they are implementing many strategies through the recent innovations and advancement in technology to curtail it. Nevertheless, there is still needs for taking more rigorous steps to achieve complete eradication of the crime. This review article presented the impact of CDs in the Africa’s quality health-care delivery, with particular attention to the causes, magnitude, and consequences. The review also identifies areas where concerted drug policies and actions are required to eradicate the drug counterfeiting crimes and also provides suggestions to drug’s policymakers and relevant stakeholders that may be useful in making decisions that can safeguard the public from the danger of CDs.


Keywords


Counterfeit drugs, Counterfeit pharmaceuticals, Fake drugs, Drugs trafficking, Counterfeiting in Africa, Drug regulatory affairs.

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Title

THE EMINENT THREATS OF COUNTERFEIT DRUGS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN AFRICA: UPDATES ON CONSEQUENCES AND WAY FORWARD

Keywords

Counterfeit drugs, Counterfeit pharmaceuticals, Fake drugs, Drugs trafficking, Counterfeiting in Africa, Drug regulatory affairs.

DOI

10.22159/ajpcr.2017.v10i7.18384

Date

01-07-2017

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Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
Vol 10 Issue 7 July 2017 Page: 63-67

Print ISSN

0974-2441

Online ISSN

2455-3891

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Authors & Affiliations

Nafiu Aminu
Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Usmanu anfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria.
Nigeria

Mahmud Sani Gwarzo
Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria.
Nigeria


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