Global Forum on Law Justice and Development
Generating Innovative Legal Solutions to Development Challenges

Workshop on Solutions to the Problem of Falsified and Substandard Medicines and Products

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
<p>O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law</p><p>US United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Italy</p><p>International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Italy</p><p>World Bank, US</p>

Every country is facing the problem of falsified and substandard medical products and for many developing countries the lack of a safe medicines supply has now become an obstacle to development , especially for the poor for whom some drug is better than none. Illegal trade and manufacture of falsified and substandard medicines affected at least 124 countries in 2011, and the burden is disproportionately felt in the developing world. Counterfeiting , falsifying, and adulterating medical products is a crime and a regulatory violation demanding that regulators, law enforcement and the legislators work together to build a comprehensive national approach and where appropriate regional and international cooperation. Government delegations are invited to discuss j oint way s forward in the fight against falsified and substandard medical products focusing on protecting the health of the public by crafting sufficient legislative authority and strengthening regulatory and law enforcement capacity.

Presentation and Discussion led by:

  • Michele Forzley , Professor, O'Neil Institute on National and Global Health Law
  • Steve Burgess, Senior Operation Officer, The World Bank ( Integrity Vice - Presidency )
  • Andreas Seiter, Senior Health Specialist , The World Bank (Human Development)
  • Marco Musumeci, Programme Coordinator and Liaison Officer, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Rese arch Institute - UNICR

This event is organized within the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD - ), a permanent knowledge forum that seeks to connect experts and stakeholders from around the world and to provide a mechanism for continual and efficient knowledge exchange and for the cogeneration of innovative legal solutions to development challenges based on efficiency, equity and justice. The workshop is cosponsored by the O’Neill Institute, IDLO and UNICRI as members of the GFLJD Community of Practice on Health .

World Bank, Washington DC

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