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What is BUKO Pharma-Kampagne?

What is BUKO Pharma-Kampagne?

BUKO Pharma-Kampagne was founded with the aim of examining the activities of the German pharmaceutical industry in Third World countries. We want to implement changes by taking special actions and informing the public in detail. Pharma-Kampagne is a campaigning group of the Bundeskoordination Internationalismus (BUKO) (Federal Coordination of Internationalism) uniting 200 German action and solidarity groups working in favour of the Third World.

More than 20 years ago, BUKO Pharma-Kampagne started to pay attention to the theme "Drugs and the Third World ". Today it is one of the few organisations in Germany that has a critical look at the dark side of the drug market in the North and in the South. Its commitment protects patients and consumers. BUKO Pharma-Kampagne supports the human right to healthy living conditions. Therefore it discusses also the negative repercussions of economic globalisation. We work closely with health and consumer groups all over the world. In collaboration with the international health network Health Action International (HAI) we managed to reveal many risks to health resulting in major improvements to healthcare policy in recent years.

How does BUKO Pharma-Kampagne work?

BUKO Pharma-Kampagne observes the marketing practices of German drug companies in the Third World and in Germany. For not all drugs are useful. We examine what is rational and what is essential, and criticise the sale of dangerous and useless drugs. We do our best that all people get access to vital drugs. We are against advertising, sponsoring and public relations misleading and influencing consumers and medical practitioners. We also draw people’s attention to the fact that drugs are important but that they do not change unhealthy conditions: For poverty makes sick. We carry out research and make scientific studies. With our intense public relations work we try to define healthcare policies.

New: Pharma-Brief Special on Counterfeits

(26 February 2007 /JS) Reports on counterfeit drugs are mushrooming. How frequent are fake drugs in reality and which health risks do they mean for people in developing countries and industrialized countries? What is at stake and what are sustainable solutions? The new Pharma Brief Special 1/2007 on counterfeit drugs [PDF 760 kB] gives an insight into the problems.

Did you hear about the Constant Gardener?

Many have seen the film following John le Carré’s book “The Constant Gardener”. We are more than delighted that “The Constant Gardener” has not only become a bestseller but also has attracted much attention to a topic that is usually neglected by public interest: The role of pharmaceutical producers in developing countries. Multinational companies based in the rich countries are selling harmful, useless and far too expensive drugs to the world’s poorest nations. They are corrupting medical practice and earn huge profits from people who have to struggle for their everyday survival.

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