Charity aims to distribute donated drugs to developing countries
- By: Kathryn Godfrey
A charity was launched last week with the aim of obtaining in-date medicines from UK pharmaceutical companies and distributing them to countries in the developing world. The work of International Health Partners UK (IHP) will be modelled on that of its Canadian partner organisation, which has in the past 10 years distributed drugs overseas with a wholesale value of $C150m (£67m; $125m; a96m).
The organisation will seek donations of quality in-date medicines and medical supplies from UK drug companies and distribute them in accordance with WHO guidelines and Red Cross protocols.
The organisation estimates that up to £100m of suitable drugs and medical supplies could be available each year. Some of these drugs would be a result of production surpluses, which would otherwise be destroyed, others from extending production runs at relatively limited cost.
Carston Hennings, director of International Health Partners, said, “IHP is creating the infrastructure that will allow