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|Title: ||Addressing Variability in Drug Quality: Finding The Right “Quality” Framework(s)|
|Authors: ||Ahmad, Aria|
|Advisor: ||Pennefather, Peter|
Kohler, Jillian Clare
|Department: ||Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|Keywords: ||counterfeit drugs|
|Issue Date: ||20-Nov-2012|
|Abstract: ||Background: In many countries, a significant proportion of medicines traded and consumed are of poor or variable quality. Meanwhile, failures in appropriately framing and responding to the problem have led to a proliferation of public health and governance challenges.
Objective: To examine the issues exacerbating the trade and consumption of medicines of poor or variable quality, as well as present locally relevant strategies.
Methods: Analytic triangulation was applied to the synthesis of publicly available documents.
Results: Where economic and regulatory environments are less structured, supply chain security strategies that fixate on ‘counterfeits’ often fail in limiting the prevalence of poor quality medicines. In addition to a multivariate drug quality classification chart, three quality frameworks are presented for examining appropriate policy strategies in mediating drug quality.
Conclusion: These tools can assist stakeholders in determining more locally relevant and context-specific strategies, while interrogating the proposition for greater transparency vis-à-vis drug quality.|
|Appears in Collections:||Master|
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