Combating dangerous medicines: Differences in quality of medicines sold by small pharmacies and large chain pharma

Summary

Evidence from numerous studies shows that emerging markets have far more poor quality drugs than western markets. There are many reasons for this, but one reason, investigated in this paper, is the possibility that smaller, often privately-owned, pharmacies take greater risks with drug procurement than larger organizations, which are often franchises or major pharmacy chains.  The limited data available weakly support the hypothesis, with 14.4% of samples from smaller pharmacies failing quality control and 9.4% of samples from larger pharmacies failing. Ongoing research will hopefully provide a more robust testing of the hypothesis, as well as provide a fuller explanation.

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Roger Bate is the Legatum Fellow at AEI.

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  • Roger Bate is an economist who researches international health policy, with a particular focus on tropical disease and substandard and counterfeit medicines. He also writes on general development policy in Asia and Africa. He writes regularly for AEI's Health Policy Outlook.
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