2nd International Conference
«Quality Information for Quality Use of Medicines – QiQUM 2010»
Kazan, 15-16 October 2010
With joint efforts of co-organisers (listed in appendix) the second International conference “Quality information for quality use of medicines – QiQUM 2010” was held in Kazan, on the 15-16th of October 2010 (Information letter of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, dated 9th of August 2010, № 25-3/10/2-6802).
The principal aim and distinguishing characteristic was exclusion of pharmaceutical industry from participation to avoid its influence on formulating conference objectives, contents, invited speakers, programme development, information assessment and bringing together the results of the conference.
A Total of 414 specialists from 9 countries (Australia, Canada, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, New Zealand, Switzerland and the USA), 20 regions of the Russian Federation, representatives of the World Health Organisation and the leading specialists from within and outside the Russian Federation – all from a professional international community – participated in the Conference and voted unanimously in favour of this resolution.
The scientific programme included plenary sessions, symposia, poster presentations, and a young scientist award competition.
The Conference noted
Progress in Russian medicines policy, namely: establishment of pharmacovigilance services; assessment of medicine information needs of health care providers; organization of a medicine price monitoring system; introduction of original domestically developed medicines; and first steps to develop and promote a national essential medicines list --developed in light of the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines,
The Conference discussed
The diverse methods of drug promotion, used by the pharmaceutical industry, that violate ethical standards and contradict or subvert the mission of health systems and knowledge generation, including clinical trials.
The Conference recognized
The problems of the professional medical and pharmaceutical community, and even society as a whole, being misled by unethical drug promotion.
The urgent need for development, dissemination and implementation of independent evidence-based medicine information, as well as State-provided and Government-supported measures to counteract unethical drug promotion in all of its traditional, disguised and rapidly developing forms.
The Conference formulated the following priority areas for improving domestic medicine policy and health system needs:
The Conference decided:
1. To address an appeal to the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and to the Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare and Social Development (Roszdravnadzor) on adoption of these recommendations to practical implementation.
2. To appeal to the Ministry of Health and Social Development with the aim of strengthening and expanding clinical pharmacology services to consider the possibility of training new specialists on the basis of primary higher medical education specialty - “general medicine’, “pediatrics” and “general practice (family medicine)” regardless of further clinical specialization field. This is needed to provide retraining in clinical pharmacology for physicians specializing in narrow clinical fields, so that they can be employed as clinical pharmacologists in specialized health facilities (e.g. infectious disease, oncology, etc.)
The list of Conference organizers (Russian alphabetical order)
Eurasian Academy of Medical Sciences,
GEOTAR publishing group,
Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry named after A.E. Arbuzov of the Kazan
Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences,
Kazan State Medical Academy,
Kazan State Medical University,
Kazan State Technology University,
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tatarstan,
Russian Scientific Society of Pharmacologists,
Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare and Social Development, Tatarstan
With financial support from the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russian