In July, a mail carrier in Phoenix, Arizona, claimed to have cooked a steak to an internal temperature of 142 degrees Fahrenheit—medium rare—on the dashboard of his delivery vehicle, which doesn't have air conditioning.
Universal health coverage depends on affordable medicines. But pushing down prices without also investing in quality assurance will increase the sale of substandard and falsified drugs, warns Elizabeth Pisani.
The global prevalence of diabetes mellitus is increasing alarmingly. However, the quality of vital medicines and medical products used to treat and monitor diabetes remains uncertain but of potential great public health significance. Here, we review the available evidence on the quality of antidiabetic medicines and supplies for self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) and discuss their potential impact for the patients and society.
Science can and does change humanity. Yet while we live in an age of extraordinary advances, profound health challenges remain. Global health emergencies such as rapidly rising drug-resistance, epidemic threats from diseases known and unknown, mental health, and the escalating climate crisis are a threat to us all.
A fridge designed for vaccines and medicines has “harnessed the power of nature” to keep its contents cold, even with intermittent access to electricity.
Substandard and falsified medications pose significant risks to global health. Nearly one in five antimalarials circulating in low- and middle-income countries are substandard or falsified. We assessed the health and economic impact of substandard and falsified antimalarials on children under five in Nigeria, where malaria is endemic and poor-quality medications are commonplace.
To tackle one of the most urgent public health crises facing the world today – antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – universal health coverage (UHC) must be realized. It’s time to take action by ensuring that everyone has access to safe, effective, quality-assured medicines.
When a poor country becomes wealthier, it's a good thing, right? Not if the country is trying to buy essential medicines.