Colombian and Spanish Health Authorities fight against counterfeit drugs
In May 2015, staff of the Colombian Institute of Food and Drugs Surveillance (INVIMA) and the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) attended a conference in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) focused on the fight against counterfeit drugs.
The event also aimed at the implementation of the FALFRA System, an online system for the fast exchange of information and alerts on counterfeit drugs in Ibero America (Latin America, Portugal and Spain). This online tool was developed by the Ibero American Health Authorities Network (EAMI Network) and currently is managed by the AEMPS. This system contributes to the international cooperation in the prevention and fight against fraudulent and illegal drugs by the competent health authorities.
Additionally, the Colombian and Spanish health authorities consolidated their relationship in order to implement the collaboration agreement signed by both entities in December 2014. With this permanent cooperation, Colombia seeks to strengthen the processes for the evaluation of biosimilarity and bioavailability studies, to support the regulation of biological and biotechnological drugs, as well as the pharmacovigilance.