Monitoring Drug Quality in the Caribbean. Essential Drugs Monitor No. 011 (1991)
(1991; 1 page)


The Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory was established in 1980 in Jamaica following recommendations from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and with assistance from PAHO and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Director Patience A. Dennis outlines the responsibilities and achievements of the Laboratory in an article for the eleventh issue of the Essential Drugs Monitor. The Laboratory’s work is funded by the governments of 14 participating territories and is primarily focused on quality testing. This testing involves considerations of identity, purity, potency, dose uniformity, stability, safety, and efficacy. The Laboratory ensures that all drugs tested match standards and are in proper conditions. This testing guards against contamination and helps ensure drug safety. There has been an increase in the number of samples sent to the lab since 1986. From 1987 to 1980, approximately 7-8% of results yielded were unsatisfactory. Eight percent of results represented approximately 20% of products in 1987-1988, 12% of products in 1988-1989, and 20% of products in 1989-1990. The results of the Laboratory’s work have significant implications for quality control and procurement in the region. (Abstract by Flannery Bowman, 2013)

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