Essential medicines and health products

Does quality of medicines matter?

Yes, it matters.

Medicines including vaccines save lives and prevent diseases and epidemics only if they are safe, efficacious, of good quality and are used rationally. The use of unsafe, substandard, ineffective and counterfeit medicines and vaccines can be harmful to the health and well being of the individual patient as well as to a wider section of the population. They also undermine confidence in the health service, health professionals who treat patients, prescribers, as well as those who manufacture, distribute and dispense/sale medicines.

The purchase of unsafe, substandard, ineffective and counterfeit medicines is a waste of money for the government, the individual patient and the public.

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