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Burkina Faso ratifies Medicrime Convention

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Burkina Faso ratifies Medicrime Convention


Another step in the fight against fake medicines has been taken as Burkina Faso ratified the Medicrime Convention on July 27, 2017. The West African country becomes the 10th state to ratify the convention against counterfeiting of medicines and devices. There are another 17 signatory countries to the convention.

Promoted by the Council of Europe (COE), the Medicrime Convention entered into force in January 2016 and is the first international legal treaty that protects patients from fake medicines. The convention makes the production and distribution of fake medical products a criminal offence and provides effective, appropriate and discouraging measures to punish such crimes on the national and international level.

Fight the Fakes campaign congratulates Burkina Faso to becoming the second African ratifying nation and hopes other signatories will soon follow suit.

For more information on the Medicrime Convention, click here, here or visit the COE website here. Join the conversation on Twitter using #Medicrime.

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