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Strategic Alliance Formed to Fight Counterfeit Drugs
Date:10/29/2013

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new partnership to improve access to high quality, safe and beneficial medicines was formalized today between the Global Pharma Health Fund (GPHF), a charitable organization initiated and funded exclusively by donations from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and the Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training (CePAT) in Ghana, a facility established by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) to help build local and regional capacity in pharmaceutical quality assurance and quality control.

"CePAT is one of the most important initiatives to ever be implemented in this part of the world, as it goes deep into the root problem of lack of quality medicines in Africa, which is insufficient human resource capacity," said Dr. Stephen K. Opuni, CEO of the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority.

"We at GPHF are excited about this opportunity to partner with CePAT on this important initiative to combat the scourge of counterfeit drugs. Substandard and fake medicines pose a true public health threat," said Frank Gotthardt, Chairman of the Global Pharma Health Fund.

Counterfeit medications are a major challenge in developing countries, where there are limited resources for screening and quality assurance.

The collaboration between CePAT and GPHF outlines a strong plan to improve local capacity to detect substandard and counterfeit drugs through training at CePAT's facility in Ghana and the use of the GPHF-Minilab®, a mobile mini-laboratory for rapid drug quality verification and counterfeit medicines detection.

Both the GPHF and CePAT believe that this strengthened cooperation will contribute to realizing their common vision, which is of a world in which all citizens have access to high quality,
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