FHI 360 Research Expert Discusses Importance Of Quality Testing Health Commodities
FHI 360’s “R&E Search for Evidence”: We need to test medical devices and not just medicines to achieve global health goals
David Jenkins, associate director of research for FHI 360’s Product Quality and Compliance Laboratory, discusses the importance of testing medical devices, and not only pharmaceuticals, to achieve global health goals. Jenkins highlights a study in which 10 different condom brands in the Dominican Republic were tested, noting, “To appropriately safeguard the public and prevent circulation of poor-quality products in the market it is imperative to move away from singular or siloed approaches that focus only on pharmaceuticals. Expanding quality assurance approaches to comprehensively address all health commodities — like medical devices and condoms — can better prevent, diagnose, and treat public health concerns” (6/14).