Essential Medicines


The Essential Medicines and Health Technologies Programme helps to save lives and improve health by closing the huge gap between the potential that essential medicines have to offer and the reality that for millions of people- particularly the poor and disadvantaged- essential medicines are unavailable, unaffordable, unsafe or improperly used.

 We must prevent the production, marketing and use of unsafe medical products, says Dr Sambo, WHO Regional Director for Africa

Brazzaville, 23 July 2014 - Tackling the scourge of substandard, spurious, falsely-labeled, falsified or counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products which threatens the health of millions of people in the African Region is the theme of a three-day meeting of the Working Group on Counterfeit medicines taking place in Brazzaville, Congo from 23-25 July 2014.

The meeting brings together experts from national medicines regulatory authorities, representatives from pharmaceutical industries associations, regulatory and legal experts in medical products regulation, Regional economic communities in Africa and from various international organizations.

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