On October 16, a round table discussion on illegal imports of medicines of unknown origin and questionable quality to the territory of Ukraine took place at the Chamber office. The meeting was organized in partnership with Association of Pharmaceutical Research & Development (APRaD) and involved representatives from the Ministry of Health, State Service on Medicines, State Fiscal Service and State Border Guard Service as well as international experts, namely, Mr. Donald E. Townsend, Jr., Regional Intellectual Property Rights Attaché and Mr. Pablo Rodenas, Advisor of EU Twinning Project.
As an outcome of the meeting, the following action items were highlighted by the participants:
- Necessity of official communication from the side of state agencies to avoid purchases of medicines of unknown origin and questionable quality as they may cause harm to health.
- Organization of knowledge seminars for employees of customs authorities with regard to peculiarities of work with medicines (can be supported by the US Embassy and the EU Project).
- Involvement of representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and State Security Service to combat the problem.
- Analyze the experience of cooperation between World Health Organization and 39 largest pharmaceutical companies with Interpol on combatting international trade with counterfeit and faked goods (analysis of possible implications for Ukraine).
- Ensure the inclusion of TMs to the Customs Register of IP Objects.
- Organization of the Seminar with participation of companies that produce pharmaceuticals and law enforcement agencies to determine concrete action plan for further cooperation.
For more information, please contact Yuliia Stelmakh, Junior Policy Officer.