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IFPMA and FIP deliver statements at 68th World Health Assembly


IFPMA and FIP deliver statements at 68th World Health Assembly

The World Health Organization and its member states have identified substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products as a serious risk to patients and public health, and in 2012 set up the Member State mechanism to align national efforts against these dangerous products. Reports on the mechanism thus far show achievements made at global regional and national level to combat this issue.

SSFFC products were discussed today at the 68th World Health Assembly by delegates. Fight the Fakes is pleased to announce statements from partner IFPMA and FIP on substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products, which can be found below.

To see the statements delivered by our partners, click here.





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Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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