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Global Anticounterfeiting Plan

Some crimes, like the counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals, are difficult for a country to fight alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to unite against this growing problem, which not only hurts corporations and raises drug prices but also injures or kills the victimized patients. In a new concept paper, WHO "seeks to launch discussions on a mechanism of effective international collaboration for combating counterfeit drugs," to include the adoption of guidelines and standards. The group would be known as the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT). The paper lays out proposed objectives and principles for IMPACT, covering topics ranging from amendment of national laws to the use of tracking technology. @ SM online takes you to the paper.

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