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The Belgian commitment to pharmaceutical quality: a model policy to improve quality assurance of medicines available through humanitarian and development programs

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, April 2018
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Title
The Belgian commitment to pharmaceutical quality: a model policy to improve quality assurance of medicines available through humanitarian and development programs
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Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, April 2018
DOI 10.1186/s40545-018-0136-z
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Authors

Raffaella Ravinetto, Tim Roosen, Catherine Dujardin

Abstract

Today, a combination of globalization of pharmaceutical production, lack of regulatory harmonization, and weakness of Medicines Regulatory Authorities, creates the "perfect conditions" for poor-quality medicine to circulate in the global market and to penetrate the less-regulated countries. Medicines regulation is the responsibility of the national regulatory authorities in the recipient country, but in the poorer countries, in practice, the responsibility of supply of quality-assured medicines is often taken by Non-Governmental Organizations and other implementers. But with some notable exceptions, many donors lack a pharmaceutical procurement policy with adequate quality requirements; and many implementers lack the skills and expertise needed to orient themselves in the complex web of global pharmaceutical supply. Thus, patients served by humanitarian or development programs may remain exposed to the risk of poor-quality medicines. When public money is used to purchase medicines for medical programs to be carried out overseas, adequate policies should be in place to assure that the same quality requirements are set that would be required for medicines marketed in the "donor" country. We will describe here a policy recently adopted in Belgium, i.e. the "Commitment to Quality Assurance for Pharmaceutical Products", signed in October 2017 by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation and 19 Belgian implementing agencies. By signing the new policy, the counterparts committed to ensure quality of medicines in the programs funded by Belgium's Official Development Assistance, and to build quality-assurance capacity in the recipient countries. Implementers are requested to integrate in their financing applications a section for pharmaceutical quality assurance, with a justified budget. They are also invited to consider how costs could be rationalized and mutualized by aligning the strengths of the various implementers. This model policy has the potential to be considered for adoption by other donors, to help to reduce the current multiple standards in pharmaceutical quality, and to contribute to protect vulnerable communities from the plague of poor-quality medicines. The online version of this article (10.1186/s40545-018-0136-z) contains an additional file, which is available to authorized users.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 19 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 21%
Researcher 4 21%
Student > Master 3 16%
Other 2 11%
Lecturer > Senior Lecturer 1 5%
Other 2 11%
Unknown 3 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 4 21%
Social Sciences 3 16%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 11%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 2 11%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 11%
Other 2 11%
Unknown 4 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 April 2018.
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#3,423,803
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Outputs from Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
#57
of 182 outputs
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#86,008
of 270,113 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
#1
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