Fight the Fakes Alliance’s member IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations) is joining hands with local Pharmaceutical Industry Associations from across the African continent to tackle the topic of falsified medicines and chart a robust response to eliminate falsified medicines in the region.

It has organized an event on 10 June, 12-15pm CET, in conjunction with Novartis, which will focus on the importance of legislation and enforcement frameworks, regulatory measures, community response and awareness creation.

Our Vice-Chair, IFPMA’s Greg Perry, will be introducing the first panel where other outstanding experts will discuss how can policy and legislation fight the issue of falsified medicines. 

Check the whole program and speakers below or on IFPMA’s event page.

PROGRAM

12.00 – 13.00 CET – Policy and Legislation in Fighting Falsified Medicines

Moderated by Willy Soriney, Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (KAPI)

– Opening remarks: Greg Perry, Assistant  Director General, IFPMA and Vice-Chair of the Fight the Fakes Alliance 

– Keynote speech: Dr Ahmed Ogwell, Deputy Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

– Anti-falsified medicines mitigation in readiness of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) and African Medicines Agency (AMA)

– The MEDICRIME Convention: Legal disparities and enforcement challenges, the weak link

13.00 to 14.00 CET – Regulatory and Industry Response to Falsified Medicines

Moderated by Philip Tagboto,  Association of Representatives of Ethical Pharmaceutical Industries (AREPI)

– Local regulatory measures to combat falsified medicines, Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (Ghana FDA)

– Strengthening regulation of medicines in Kenya, Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Kenya (PPB Kenya)

– Case study of falsified medicines, Juma Mwashuruti, Novartis

– Falsified medicines and supply chain integrity, African Pharmaceutical Distribution Association (APDA)

14.00 to 15.00 CET – Awareness Creation and Community Response

Moderated by Bada Pharasi, The Innovative Pharmaceutical association South Africa (IPASA) and Adon Annick, Association des Industriels Pharmaceutiques en Afrique Francophone Subsaharienne (LIPA):

– Lessons and experiences from South Africa, Precious Matsoso, Director of the Health Regulatory Science Platform, Wits Health Consortium, University of the Witwatersrand

– Fight the Fakes Youth Chapter – Increasing Awareness in Africa, Hoda Kanso and Sofia Khan, University College London Fight the Fakes’s Chapter

– Patient organizations’ role in combatting falsified medicines, Kawaldip Sehmi, CEO, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO)

– Protecting the patient, the role of the health care provider

15.00 CET – Closing Remarks

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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