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Minister of Health of Viet Nam signs Antimicrobial resistance pledge


The World Health Organization in Viet Nam (WHO) and the government of Viet Nam join hands to organize the first national Antibiotic Awareness Week, which will run on 16-22 November. Antimicrobial resistance in Viet Nam is affecting the health of the population and weakening the health care system. In 2013 Viet Nam became the first country in WHO’s Western Pacific Region to approve a national action plan to combat drug resistance. In observing the first Antibiotics Awareness Week Viet Nam is reiterating its commitment to combat Antibiotics resistance.

A possible boost for patient safety in South-East Asia region


India aims to become a watchdog for drug safety in the South East Asia Region, according to the country’s Minister for Health and Family Welfare, J. P. Nadda. The announcement came at the WHO annual meeting of national pharmacovigilance centres in New Delhi on 4-6 November.

Making medicine prices transparent in Peru

A website of up-to-date medicine prices in Peru is benefiting not just patients, but policy makers and the private sector.

The ‘Observatorio de Precios de Medicamentos’ (medicines price observatory) was the brain child of civil society, the pharmaceutical sector and government representatives involved in the Medicines Transparency Alliance.

Meeting of World Pharmacopoeias in China to benefit the world’s


The harmonisation of pharmaceutical standard setting is a critical component of facilitating access to safe and effective quality medicines. It is all the more important as trade becomes more globalised and medicines are manufactured and distributed internationally.


Meeting and events

Asia Pacific pharmacovigilance training course

18 - 29 January 2016
Mysore, India

138th Executive Board Session

25–30 January 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

Substandard, Spurious, Falsely labelled, Falsified and Counterfeit, Member State Mechanism Steering Committee

23–24 March 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

62nd INN Consultation on International Nonproprietary Names (INN) for Pharmaceutical Substances

12 - 15 April 2016
Geneva, Switzerland