Raffaella’s Literature Update

Ref:  Qaiser M, Hilton T, Saeed Bukhari SK, Zloh M, Phanouvong S. How a tragedy became a catalyst for sustainable improvement in medicine safety. Lancet Glob Health. 2024 Mar;12(3):e376-e377. Dear Friends,  on …18 July 2012 (!) I shared a short article from the Lancet, “Pakistan’s deadly cocktail of substandard drugs”, analyzing the possible causes of an incident reported ...

Bridging the Gap: Improving Palliative Care Access in Rural Nepal

Palliative care is a lifeline for those with life-threatening illnesses, yet Nepal faces hurdles in accessing essential medications and services, especially in rural areas. Limited studies highlight the demand, but quality healthcare remains out of reach. It’s time for policy changes, including medication inclusion, professional training, and comprehensive research. Together, let’s ensure every patient receives ...

Raffaella’s Literature Update

The following message is courtesy of Dr Raffaella Ravinetto, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium. Ref. Maharjan P, Ponganam MP, Lambert P, Vogel JP, McIntosh M, McDougall A (2024) The quality of medicines for the prevention and management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: A systematic review. PLOS Glob Public Health 4(2): e0002962. Dear ...

Global Concerns: Quality of Pregnancy Hypertension Medicines

The global quality of medicines for preventing and managing hypertensive disorders of pregnancy is concerning. A systematic review of 33 studies from 27 countries found substandard medications across all recommended drugs. Issues included API specification failures, contaminants, pH criteria, degradation, and heavy metal contamination. Urgent action is needed to address safety and efficacy concerns. #MaternalHealth ...

Central African Republic: Crackdown on Counterfeit Medicines in Bangui

Important seizure of counterfeit medicines near Bangui, Central African Republic. Customs investigations seized two trucks on February 7th carrying falsified medicines, classified as poisons by the Health Ministry. Minister of Finance, Hervé Ndoba, visited the site immediately, emphasizing the need for proper disposal through incineration. Samples analyzed the same day in Bangui revealed the danger ...

WHO’s Fair Pricing Forum 2024: Enhancing Access to Essential Medicines

The WHO’s virtual Fair Pricing Forum from February 6th to 8th, 2024, focused on equitable access to essential medicines. Stakeholders, including Member States and private sectors, discussed enhancing market transparency and strategies for affordable healthcare. Despite invitation-only participation, the forum emphasized collaboration in addressing global health access challenges. To read more

Global Call for Transparency: Reject Secrecy Clauses in Drug Procurement

Demand Transparency in Drug Procurement! Civil society urges major health programs to reject secrecy clauses hindering global access to essential medicines. Let’s ensure fair pricing and equitable access for all! #TransparencyNow #GlobalHealth Over 50 groups worldwide are calling for transparency in medicine procurement. Join us in advocating for fair terms and pricing to ensure everyone ...

Portuguese Global Medicines Access Index 2021: Hospital Medicines Accessibility

Exciting new research alert! The Portuguese Global Medicines Access Index 2021 offers a groundbreaking indicator to assess access to hospital medicines. Led by Sofia Oliveira-Martins and her team, this study identified key dimensions affecting access, including innovative medicines, distribution, shortages, and value-based healthcare. Their findings, published in the Journal of Value in Health Regional Issues, ...

Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Supply: Urgency for Local Production

Sudip Chaudhuri from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta published a paper on December 16, 2023, discussing challenges in #covid19 vaccine supply for import-dependent developing countries, particularly in Africa. Emphasizing the need for local production, the paper reviews ongoing efforts and calls for proactive measures, including government intervention, to build manufacturing capacities. Read more

Assessing Antibiotic Availability in Pakistan: Public vs Private Healthcare Disparities

A study led by Sunaina Rafi explores the availability of essential antibiotics in public and private healthcare sectors in Pakistan. Conducted between August 15 and September 10, 2020, the research categorizes 103 antibiotics into Access, Watch, Reserve, and anti-tuberculosis groups. Findings reveal significant challenges, with public facilities showing a mean on-spot availability of 23.76%, contrasting ...

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