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The circulation of substandard medicines in the developing world is a serious clinical and public health concern. Problems include under or over concentration of ingredients, contamination, poor quality ingredients, poor stability and inadequate packaging. There are multiple causes. Drugs manufactured for export are not regulated to the same standard as(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the quality, and especially the dissolution properties of rifampicin, of fixed-dose combination (FDC) formulations of anti-tuberculosis agents manufactured by major market holders in the anti-tuberculosis sector and supplied for use in national tuberculosis control programmes. METHODS Dissolution studies were performed for four(More)
As more and more institutions and experts push for the use of fixed-dose combinations (FDC) of anti-tuberculosis drugs, the market will most probably change dramatically in the next few years. Prices should go down, but quality must remain an essential goal for managers in charge of the procurement process. General essential requirements for suppliers(More)
OBJECTIVE In today's context of globalisation of pharmaceutical production and distribution, international and national procurement agencies play a de facto key role in defining the quality of medicines available in sub-Saharan Africa. We evaluated the compliance of a sample of pharmaceutical distributors active in sub-Saharan Africa with the standards of(More)
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