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Dr Celine Caillet

Dr Celine Caillet

Podcast interview

Improving medicine quality

Substandard and falsified medicines are a growing concern both for LMICs and high income countries. Screening technologies help identify poor quality medicines and give an early signal when issues arise. This work also provides data for models to better understand the impact of poor quality medicines on antimicrobial resistance.

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Celine Caillet

Research scientist, Pharm D, PhD

  • Deputy Head of Medicine Quality Research Group

Medicine Quality, IDDO

Dr Céline Caillet joined the Medicine Quality Research Group in 2015. She was appointed Research Scientist in 2016 and promoted to Deputy Head of the Research Group in 2020.

Céline is a pharmacist and former resident of the Hospital of Toulouse. She did research on drug safety at the Center of Pharmacovigilance, Laboratory of Medical and Clinical Pharmacology of Toulouse, France. Following her MSc in Epidemiology and Public Health in Bordeaux, France, Céline completed her PhD in drug safety in Laos. During her PhD, Céline also taught pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Health Sciences, Vientiane.

Medicines are of vital importance in health systems, and access to quality-assured medicines is part of the basic right to health. Nevertheless, poor quality medical products, including medicines, vaccines and diagnostic devices, are widespread due to poor manufacture (substandard medicines) or deliberate falsification (falsified medicines, aka fake or counterfeit). These jeopardise national, regional and global attempts to improve access to effective health care because they lead to avoidable morbidity and mortality, waste financial resources, and contribute to antimicrobial resistance.

There are several ways to fight against poor-quality medical products. The Medicine Quality Research Group of the MORU Tropical Health Network and the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory aims at sharing expertise and collating information to increase understanding of the prevalence and distribution of poor quality medicines around the world. The group's research also focuses on the assessment of performances of portable screening technologies that could greatly empower regulators to detect falsified and substandard medicines before they reach patients. The group advocates for more investment in the regulation of medicine distribution and interventions to improve medicine quality.

The medicine quality group in LOMWRU
Medicine quality screening devices' hands-on session with medicines regulators from the GMS countries
Medicines quality screening devices workshop with GMS medicines regulators in Vientiane to present the results of the work done by the medicine quality team