Global Regulatory Frameworks for Online Pharmacies
To address the rising cost of medicines, patients and policymakers are increasingly turning to personal importation through Internet Pharmacies. Despite their potential to improve access to affordable medicines, most countries do not sufficiently regulate Internet Pharmacies, exacerbating public health risks.
This project convenes stakeholders, including the Canadian Internet Pharmacy Association & PharmacyChecker.org, to establish model legislation regulating online pharmacies, including the .pharmacy domain. It led to the drafting of the Brussels Principles on the Sale of Medicines over the Internet.
Brussels Principles on the Sale of Medicines over the Internet
Visit brusselsprinciples.org/ to learn more and endorse the Brussels Principles on the Sale of Medicines over the Internet.
Aria Ilyad Ahmad, Research Fellow, Global Health Foresighting
Since 2014, Aria Ilyad Ahmad has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization's Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products. Aria is a past TEDMED Scholar, Duke University Global Health Fellow and the inaugural Médecins Sans Frontières Access to Medicines Fellow in India. He has testified before the Canadian Senate on Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime, consulted for Public Health Ontario, and served on the board of directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. Aria received his MSc in international pharmaceutical policy from the University of Toronto, and is completing his PhD in global health governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada.