The lack of formal training on substandard and falsified (SF) medical products among pharmacists is a significant problem that needs to be addressed to combat the global health threat represented by SF products.  

A recent study conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa among 355 pharmacy students shows t

hat a dedicated educational course for undergraduate pharmacy students significantly enhanced their knowledge of SF medicines. Improvement was also confirmed through self-assessment, and the course was very well-received among students and teachers. 

The findings encourage full implementation of such university courses to enable pharmacists across health systems to intervene and protect communities from SF medicines. 


Access the full study here.