Much has been published about counterfeit drugs in developing countries. In Cameroon, counterfeit drugs seem less of a problem since profit margins for pharmaceuticals is low. Poor quality of drugs is more often caused by improper handling, such as exposure to extreme conditions that exceed the specified requirements listed on the package. These conditions, such as high temperature and humidity, are associated with the rapid degradation of the active pharmaceutical ingredient, API. Once the drugs have been exposed to this kind of environment, they’re comparable to counterfeit. Whether degraded or counterfeit, these drugs aren’t going to make a difference to improve the well being of patients.
If the government can analyze the quality of medicine being distributed throughout the country, then it could make rational decisions on where and how to implement regulations, offer training, and eventually develop a comprehensive quality control plan.
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