On 22 May the Mission in Kosovo in co-operation with Sanofi*, organized a seminar on tackling counterfeit pharmaceutical products gathering relevant Kosovo authorities involved in this line of work.
This event was a follow-up to the previous Intellectual Property Rights seminar held on June 2013 and the UNODC Regional Seminar to Combat Fraudulent Medicines held on November 2013.
The seminar provided valuable inputs for identification of certain counterfeit pharmaceutical products, portrayed current situation in Kosovo with regards to counterfeit pharmaceutical products, and helped in identifying main challenges Kosovo institutions face in this field.
The seminar was concluded with findings and recommendations for future steps that need to be taken to successfully tackle this negative phenomenon, which poses real hazards to public health in Kosovo and can also produce other negative effects, such as providing an area of increased interest for organized crime networks.
* - A French private pharmaceutical company.