An examination of pharmaceutical systems in severely disrupted countries

Kohler, Jillian Clare, Pavignani, Enrico, Michael, Markus, Ovtcharenko, Natalia, Murru, Maurizio and Hill, Peter S. (2012) An examination of pharmaceutical systems in severely disrupted countries. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 12 2012: 34.1-34.11. doi:10.1186/1472-698X-12-34

Author Kohler, Jillian Clare
Pavignani, Enrico
Michael, Markus
Ovtcharenko, Natalia
Murru, Maurizio
Hill, Peter S.
Title An examination of pharmaceutical systems in severely disrupted countries
Journal name BMC International Health and Human Rights   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-698X
Publication date 2012-12-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1472-698X-12-34
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 12
Issue 2012
Start page 34.1
End page 34.11
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This research assesses informal markets that dominate pharmaceutical systems in severely disrupted countries and identifies areas for further investigation. Findings are based on recent academic papers, policy and grey literature, and field studies in Somalia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti. The public sector in the studied countries is characterized in part by weak Ministries of Health and low donor coordination. Informal markets, where medicines are regularly sold in market stalls and unregulated pharmacies, often accompanied by unqualified medical advice, have proliferated. Counterfeit and sub-standard medicines trade networks have also developed. To help increase medicine availability for citizens, informal markets should be integrated into existing access to medicines initiatives.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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