Falsified and Sub-standard Medicines: Danger of Death
Jacques Pinel († 2015), who passed away in August 2015, was a pioneer in the fight for universal access to quality-assured medicines. Pharmacist by background, he spent most of his professional life with Doctors Without Borders, and never stopped to share his ideas, to develop new projects, to create new networks, and especially to transfer his experience, his enthusiasm and his vision to friends and colleagues.
His original reflection on access to quality-assured medicines prompted and fed a number of initiatives, including QUAMED. Jacques was aware of the importance of continuous education. When he died, he was working at a "divulgative" document to explain the challenges linked to poor-quality medicines to lay people. A group of friends and colleagues came together to complete and disseminate the document. The French version of the document was made available in August 2015 and the English version is also now available.