The rising level of fake medicine worries Africa


By Joseph Checky Abuje


The rising level of fake medicines across Africa has governments worried about the health of their citizens.

Sources at a meeting of health experts noted that quality-assured medicine is critical for the diagnostic and treatment of diseases.

In 2019, the continent established the African Medicines Agency (AMA) 2019 with the hope of not only curbing the widespread of fake medicines but also increasing timely access to medicinal products for patients in Africa.

“The new agency will also help thwart the dangerously large and thriving market for falsified medicines, responsible for tens of thousands of premature and unnecessary deaths among African patients”. Revealed Ellos Lodzeni (Board member International Alliance of Patients Organisation).

To help achieve this, there have increased efforts for regulatory harmonization across the continent.

Panelists drawn from different health disciplines reiterated the need to have AMA operationalized to strengthen the weak health systems in Africa. Already 18 out of 55 African countries have signed joining the Agency. Only six countries have gone through the process of ratification.

According to Hiiti Sillo, Team Lead, Regulatory Systems Strengthening, Regulation and Prequalification, World Health Organization (WHO), the World health body has given nod to Africa Medicine Agency activities across the continent.