The LNCM contributes to ensure a fair access to quality medicines for all Tunisians, said congress chair professor Chiheb Ben Rayana at the opening of works.
President of the scientific committee of the congress and in charge of the LNCM external and domestic affairs Leila Kallel underlined that the new guide which will come into effect before the end of 2019, focus on the regulatory requirements in matters of bioequivalence studies for generic drugs, specifying that Tunisia counts 45 biopharmaceutical industry units.
The international congress of the LNCM focuses on the following themes: "New regulatory requirements for bioequivalence," "practical, ethical and data protection issues" and "bioequivalence in the Maghreb, assets for Africa."
Instead, he could escape this dilemma by relying on his talent for science to pursue his studies, accede to a rapidly tenured position at the university, then head one of the main public hospital pharmacies at a time when it was a nodal point in Senegal's pioneering public anti-retroviral access initiative in the late 1990s, and, finally, become a spokesperson for the revitalization of drug quality control as director of the rising LNCM in the 2000s.
The main institution responsible for monitoring drug quality is the LNCM. Created on paper in 1979, the laboratory was not supplied with space, equipment and staff until 1987.
(11) But the lab also received support--and pressure--from foreign and international organizations concerned with the control of specific substances, such as the yellow fever vaccine produced by the Institut Pasteur of Dakar (and which the LNCM 'releases' for export), and especially the medicines used in specific public health programmes targeting malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
This permits statements that imply mobile, fine-meshed and extensive drug-quality monitoring: according to Dr Sarr, who holds a joint appointment as the head of one of the LNCM's sections and as a junior staff member in the university laboratory, the system 'enmeshes [maille] the whole Senegalese territory ...
Thesards can also sample and test medicines sold illicitly in informal markets, which the LNCM refuses to do as an official position.
Few if any thesards in any given year can hope to join their supervisors: recruitments for lab positions, which also provide access to appointments in government health institutions such as the LNCM and CAP as well as the pharmacies of public teaching hospitals, are limited to a handful of graduates every few years (in the toxicology section, an assistant told me there had been recruitments in 2006 and 2012, and 'who knows when the next will be').