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WHO to set up international task force on counterfeit drugs

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7539.444-d (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:444
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    Experts from more than 60 countries have urged the World Health Organization to establish a task force to lead global efforts in combating the growing problem of counterfeit drugs.

    “The vile and serious criminal offence” puts human lives at risk and undermines the credibility of health systems worldwide, the experts noted in a declaration.

    “It's very likely that [the task force] will happen,” said Howard Zucker, WHO's assistant director general for health technology and pharmaceuticals.

    Dr Zucker said that “there was unanimous support” at a WHO conference in Rome last week on combating counterfeit drugs for the agency to establish the international task force to fight counterfeiting. …

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