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Corruption in Nigerian pharma industry fuelling drugs endemic Pharma firms must do more to root out corruption 1st May 2018 – Powerful cough medicines containing the opioid, codeine, used as a recreational drug, are being sold on the black market by corrupt individuals within big Nigerian pharma companies, according to a new investigation by the...
 7th February 2018, London – Allegations by Greek prosecutors that a pharmaceutical company paid bribes to doctors to prescribe their drugs at unnecessarily high prices, underlines the very real human impact of corruption in the health sector. The Prosecutors in the case believe that the alleged price-fixing may have cost the state billions, impacting both...
Across the world, corruption is known to be so pervasive within national healthcare systems that it has become normalised. Recently, the UN Special Rapporteur for the right to health stated that healthcare is among the most corrupt sectors, having “significant implications for equality and non-discrimination, since it has a particularly marked impact on the health...
Opacity over clinical trials of medical treatments putting patients at risk All clinical trials must be made fully transparent   12th December 2017, London – Four health integrity organisations have come together in calling for governments to ensure that patients, doctors, and scientists can access the full results of all clinical trials. A new publication...
Written by Robert Barrington The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) recently announced the results of its enquiry into funds lost due to fraud and corruption during the 2014-16 Ebola crisis in West Africa. From a total budget for these activities of $100mil USD, approximately $5mil USD went astray. Transparency International’s...
Written by Tilly Prior & Sarah Harris-Steingrüber Transparency International Cameroon (TI-C) has successfully implemented an online whistleblowing platform for patients to report instances of corruption in healthcare service delivery. This pilot project was supported by Indigo Trust through Transparency International’s Health Action Fund, a grant giving entity of the Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Programme that supports...

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