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One-Third of Antimalarial Medicines Sampled in Three African Nations Found to Be Substandard in Large-Scale USP-WHO Study
Date:2/8/2010

ear to be widespread across regions and not limited to any particular type of distributor. In Uganda, samples fared much better in the public sector than in the country's private sector. Despite overall failure rates, this was one of the bright spots the study revealed; in Uganda's public sector, all ACT and SP samples passed quality tests.

The report is believed to be unique in terms of the large numbers of samples collected as well as the two-step testing approach employed in the study, which included initial screening on site using Global Pharma Health Fund portable Minilabs® and full-scale quality control confirmatory testing of roughly 40 percent of the total samples at USP's headquarters in the United States.

USAID is a U.S. government agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. USP is a nonprofit scientific organization that sets globally recognized standards for the quality of medicines. USP's work in developing countries to improve the quality of medicines -- in large part by combating the availability of substandard and counterfeit medicines intended to treat malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis -- is implemented under the PQM Program supported by USAID.

To obtain a copy of the complete report and for more information, please email mediarelations@usp.org.

The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years.

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