Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM)

How Fear of Ebola Is Paving the Way for Poor-Quality Medicines

Fear of Ebola

In Liberia, sellers of poor-quality medicines are capitalizing on public fears about Ebola. Learn what the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority is doing about it and how the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Program--a collaborative effort between USAID and USP--is playing a role.

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PharmaChk: An Easy-to-Use Tool for Detecting Poor-Quality Medicine

A tool used for detecting the quality of medicine

PharmaChk, a user-friendly medicine quality detection device, is generating positive outcomes in field testing.  Dr. Kennedy Chibwe, senior manager of the Promoting the Quality of Medicines program, explains how this technology may revolutionize the fight against counterfeit and substandard medicines in developing nations.

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Quality Medicines are Key In the Fight Against Tuberculosis (TB)

Quality medicines are the key to fighting TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most prevalent diseases – it kills three people every minute. Although progress has been made in expanding access to treatment, the rate of multi-drug resistant TB cases has nearly doubled between 2011 and 2012. One factor driving drug resistance is poor quality drugs. Several global health organizations have partnered together to find a solution to ensure that safe and effective medicines are used in their treatment programs.

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