Medical Product Quality Reports

Read our new Medical Product Quality Reports about substandard and falsified (SF) COVID-19 medical products and COVID-19 vaccines, which include data from scientific literature, public alerts and warnings, and lay press from across the world. 

During the pandemic, the demand for COVID-19 related medical supplies has inevitably ballooned with an increased demand for personal protective equipment, diagnostics and preventive and curative pharmaceuticals. The high demand and related shortages of genuine products contributes to an increased global risk of substandard and falsified (SF) medical products, for COVID-19 and for many other essential medicines.

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These monthly reports aim to collate information and reports in the public domain on the quality of medicinal products that are currently in use, or that are being trialled for COVID-19’s prevention or treatment. We do not aim to include discussion of the multiple fraudulent claims and quackery. We also include reports on key subjects such as access, affordability or off-label use for COVID-19 if they mention concern of the quality of the products. The reports presented were mostly extracted from the Medicines Quality Monitoring Globe (MQM Globe), a system that scrapes online newspapers (referenced in Google News) for early warnings of substandard and falsified medical products. The reports also include scientific literature and policy documents related to COVID-19 medical products quality identified by manual searches in PubMed and Google Scholar.

We currently issue two different monthly reports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to highlight the risk of substandard and falsified products:

Read Medical Product Quality Reports – COVID-19 vaccine issues

 

Read Monthly Medical Product Quality Reports - COVID-19 Supplies

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 10: May 2021 (Data for March)

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 9: March 2021 (Data for February) main text plus annexes

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 9: March 2021 (Data for February) main text

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 8: March 2021 (Data for January) main text plus annexes

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 8: March 2021 (Data for January) main text

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 7: January 2021 (Data for December) main text plus annexes

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 7: January 2021 (Data for December) main text

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 6: December 2020 (Data for November) main text plus annexes

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 6: December 2020 (Data for November) main text

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 5: November 2020 (Data for October) main text plus annexes

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 5: November 2020 (Data for October) main text

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 4: October 2020 (Data for September) main text plus annexes

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 4: October 2020 (Data for September) main text

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 3: September 2020 (Data for August) main text plus annexes

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 3: September 2020 (Data for August) main text

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 2: August 2020 (Data for July) main text plus annexes

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 2: August 2020 (Data for July) main text.

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 1: July 2020 (Data for January to June) main text plus annexes.

Medical Product Quality Report - COVID-19 Issues. Issue 1: July 2020 (Data for January to June) main text only