Charity aims to distribute donated drugs to developing countries

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1206
  1. Kathryn Godfrey
  1. London

    A charity was launched last week with the aim of obtaining in-date medicines from UK pharmaceutical companies and distributing them to countries in the developing world. The work of International Health Partners UK (IHP) will be modelled on that of its Canadian partner organisation, which has in the past 10 years distributed drugs overseas with a wholesale value of $C150m (£67m; $125m; €96m).

    The organisation will seek donations of quality in-date medicines and medical supplies from UK drug companies and distribute them in accordance with WHO guidelines and Red Cross protocols.

    The organisation estimates that up to £100m of suitable drugs …

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