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New database to help track quality of medicines in global markets
Date:4/5/2011

Rockville, Md., April 5, 2011In the growing global battle against substandard and counterfeit medicines, the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) program has launched a new, public database of medicines collected and analyzed in collaboration with stakeholders from countries in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Free of charge and available to anyone with access to the internet, the Medicines Quality Database (MQDB) includes information on the quality of medicines collected from a variety of sources. To date, more than 8700 records of tested samples collected from Ghana, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Peru, Guyana and Colombia have been entered into the database.

Supported by USAID and implemented by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), PQM provides technical assistance to help strengthen quality assurance of medicines in developing countries primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, as well as Russia. PQM has a special emphasis on verifying and improving the availability of quality medications intended to treat life-threatening diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. The MQDB will assist in-country health authorities and the general public through evidence-based data on poor-quality medicines circulating in several regions of the world.

Data on the collected and tested samples recorded in the new database include:

  • Geographic location country and province/state in which a medicine sample was found
  • Date of sampling (by year)
  • Facility from which sample was collected organized by sector (i.e., public, private or informal) and type (e.g., pharmacy, hospital, clinic)
  • Medicine information product name, manufacturer name, therapeutic indication, active pharmaceutical ingredient, dosage form, batch/lot number
  • Test result (i.e., "passed" or "failed" with regard to authenticity)
  • Substandard/counterfeit status (i.e., "yes" or "no
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Contact: Theresa Laranang-Mutlu
trl@usp.org
301-816-8167
US Pharmacopeia
Source:Eurekalert

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