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« Les médicaments falsifiés : plus qu’un scandale, un crime »

The Fondation Chirac |

©B. BOISSONNET BSIP

©B. BOISSONNET BSIP

(FR) La falsification des médicaments, les médicaments falsifiés, constitue un fléau mondial dont le trafic ne cesse de croître. Dans tous les pays, notamment dans ceux en développement, un préjudice grave est créé à l’égard des malades qui ne peuvent bénéficier d’un accès à des médicaments de qualité en vue d’un traitement efficace. Plus récemment, la vente de médicaments sur Internet représente un danger supplémentaire mondial.

Face aux carences des acteurs de tous niveaux, au premier rang politiques, les moyens de lutte sont dramatiquement limités.

A l’initiative de l’Académie de médecine, le rapport rédigé en commun avec les Académies de Pharmacie et Vétérinaire de France, rappelle l’impérative nécessité d’une lutte contre ce trafic particulièrement rentable et ses trafiquants, nouvelle mafia, hors de contrôle.

Les Académies insistent sur la nécessité de dénoncer le préjudice sanitaire porté aux populations les plus démunies et, par le biais d’Internet, à toutes les Nations.

Elles soulignent l’urgence d’adopter des mesures coercitives sévères de la part des décideurs politiques, des organisations internationales et régionales concernées par cette lutte, et une mobilisation des industriels, des importateurs et distributeurs et des professionnels de santé de toutes disciplines.

Elles préconisent en outre une communication forte, répétée et suivie sur le risque engendré par les médicaments falsifiés auprès du public, y compris par le canal d’Internet. Elles insistent, en outre sur la nécessité d’un suivi régulier des progrès réalisés ou des carences maintenues.

Le rapport a été rendu public le 5 avril 2016 lors d’une conférence de presse organisée à l’Académie de médecine.

 

(EN) Falsified medicines are a global threat. Its traffic does not stop to grow. Everywhere, particularly in developing countries, patients who do not have access to quality medicines providing efficient treatment are exposed to serious harm. More recently, the sales of medicines on the Internet has amplified this hazard.

Given the magnitude of the shortcomings at all levels, particularly emanating from politicians, the means of this fight are drastically limited. Upon the initiative of the French Academy of Medicine with the French Academy of Pharmacy and the Veterinary Academy of France, the report reiterates the absolute need for the fight against dealers, who constitute a new and out of control mafia, of this traffic generating very large amounts of money.

The Academies stress the necessity to condemn the health harm inflicted mainly upon the poorest populations but also to everyone via the Internet.

They underscore the urgency for political deciders, regional and international organizations involved in this battle to take constraining measures and for the mobilization of manufacturers, importers, distributors and health professional of all fields.

Moreover, they recommend strong, iterative and consistent communication to the public at large on health risks linked to falsified medicines, including by the Internet. Additionally, they underline the requirement for following up to measure progress or the persistence of deficiencies.

The report has been officially released on April 5, 2016, during a press conference at the French Academy of Medicine.

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