Fighting Fake Pharma
The Humanity in Science Award 2017 goes to a pharmacist tackling substandard medicines
Joanna Cummings |
Richard Jähnke, from the Global Pharma Health Fund (GPHF), has been working in developing countries to fight the spread of inferior and counterfeit medicines for over 20 years. Jähnke developed the “GPHF Minilab”, a complete field test kit for medicine quality analysis that can be used virtually anywhere – even in the absence of electricity and running water. Since its initial development, 800 Minilabs have been supplied across 95 countries, and are already in use for antimalarial drug monitoring across Africa and Southeast Asia.
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