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Title: Drug Donations
Description/subject: "The purpose of this Web-site is to offer appropriate information about issues relating to the quality of drug donations in an effort to implement the interagency guidelines for drug donations."
Language: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch
Source/publisher: Réseau Médicaments & Développement
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 February 2007

Title: DrugWatch
Description/subject: "DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. DrugWatch.com includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers. The resources available on DrugWatch.com are provided to offer visitors free and accurate information to aid in the understanding of various medications and conditions. The content on the site may help consumers formulate questions for medical professionals and alert the public about important information regarding potentially dangerous side effects associated with certain medications. By providing FDA alerts, drug interactions, and potential side effects on the site, patients have access to valuable knowledge that could enhance their ability to voice concerns with their doctor and improve their quality of care..."...CAVEAT: a limited check reveals that not all brand names of drugs available in Asia are listed.
Language: English
Source/publisher: DrugWatch
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 18 January 2011

Individual Documents

Title: Bad Medicine
Date of publication: January 2003
Description/subject: "Cheap imitation medicines are doing more harm than good to patients in Burma... It's a risky panacea. Cheap counterfeit pharmaceuticals are common in Burma, but the ultimate price is far more costly as the lives of millions are at risk. Huge numbers of fake drugs flood pharmacies in Burma from neighboring China and India, with most just bogus placebos containing ingredients harmful to patients. "Consumers should be suspicious of cheap pharmaceuticals available at small shops," warns Dr Min Swe, manager of Burma's Essential Drug Project at a seminar on counterfeit drugs held in Rangoon last year. With widespread poverty in Burma, the price of medicine is always a prime concern and most people will settle for the cheaper alternative unaware that the contents will do little to treat the illness, or worse, aggravate the symptoms..."
Author/creator: Naw Seng
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 11, No. 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Interagency Guidelines for Drug Donations
Date of publication: 1999
Description/subject: "Core principles for a donation" 1. Maximum benefit to the recipient; 2. Respect for wishes and authority of the recipient; 3. No double standards in quality; 4. Effective communication between donor and recipient."
Language: English (other languages available)
Source/publisher: WHO (WHO/EDM/PAR/99.4)
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 February 2007