In the first of a three-part podcast series by Adams & Adams on the IP enforcement of pharma in Africa, experts Godfrey Budeli and Jan-Haram Swanepoel talk to Prin Shasiharan of Managing IP about the practical challenges associated with fighting counterfeiting on the continent.
Counterfeit goods trade remains rife in Africa. The fundamental issues experienced include a lack of proper legislative framework, weak enforcement as a result of lack of experience and limited resources. However, the experts explain how these obstacles are not insurmountable and there are legal avenues available to effectively address the proliferation of counterfeit goods on the continent.
The experts discuss the realities of trading counterfeit COVID-19 drugs and ensuring product safety, while providing advice for business leaders and consumers contemplating evolving their operations.