A major theme of the 2004 World Congress of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics was worldwide equity of access to medicines
The 8th World Congress of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics was held in Brisbane in August 2004. There were 940 participants from 60 countries, with Japan, Germany, Korea, South Asia and the United Kingdom well represented. The Congress featured three themes: Medicines and Society; Therapeutic Horizons; and Drug Discovery, Development and Disposition. Our report focuses on the Medicines and Society theme, which was strongly emphasised at the 8th Congress, differentiating it from previous Congresses. The prominence of this theme was to encourage the participation of clinical pharmacologists from South Asia and the Pacific regions, where access to lifesaving medicines and confidence in their quality are matters of everyday importance. The Congress also sought to encourage clinical pharmacologists from the developed world to engage with the serious global inequities in access to medicines for the major infectious diseases in the developing world, such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDs, as well as the emerging developed-world lifestyle disorders, notably cardiovascular disease.
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