Pharmaceutical donations to eastern Europe

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6976.403b (Published 11 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:403
  1. Christopher J Derrett,
  2. David R White,
  3. Tim Eden,
  4. John Dickerson,
  5. Carolyn Green
  1. General practitioner Medical physicist Professor of paediatric oncology Emeritus professor of nutrition Clinical Science Foundation, c/o Clinical Physics Group, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London EC1A 7BE
  2. Senior pharmaceutical adviser Echo International Health Services, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2HR

    EDITOR,—We are concerned that some hospitals and general practitioners in eastern Europe may be receiving unhelpful and potentially hazardous donations of drugs from western European aid organisations. We are particularly interested in the situation in Romania, where we have worked.

    The public health service in Romania is chronically short of drugs. Although modern drugs are now available in Romania, many of them are too expensive for most people, who still have very low incomes. Thus, understandably, many western European charities have been asked for and have provided donations of medicines. Unfortunately, in many cases donations of drugs are unsolicited and medical advice is not sought. The …

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