Falsified medicines fail to offer the proper guarantees in relation to compliance with specifications that define pharmaceutical quality. The consequences of their use are numerous and harmful for patients. Serialisation of all drugs, through traceability, will help stem counterfeiting in Europe.
The health of patients must be safeguarded. To this end, policies for the improved quality of health systems are being developed and are a priority objective for health managers and workers . It was not until the nineteen nineties that quality became an essential part of health care. The Institute of Medicine of the United States defines it as the “degree in which the health services raise the probability of obtaining the desired health results in accordance with current technical and scientific knowledge” . There are diverse reasons for the negative effect on the results of pharmacological treatments, thus giving rise to poorer quality of the therapy. The most important ones are listed in Table 1.