GLOSSARY: Pharma Quality

Pharma Quality, or pharmaceutical quality, is a global concern. Good quality medicines must meet the official standards for strength, quality, purity, packaging, and/or labeling. The lack of reliable drug quality assurance systems in many developing countries often contributes to the devastation of diseases, particularly those that have built up resistance to traditional first-line medicines. Poor quality drugs result in serious health implications including treatment failure, adverse effects, increased morbidity, mortality, development of drug resistance, and wasted resources.