Key messages about Patient Solidarity Day 2018

  • This Patient Solidarity Day patient advocates across the globe are coming together in solidarity to raise awareness on and advocate for access to safe medication and healthcare for all.
  • Patient exposure to unsafe medication and healthcare is a chronic public health issue that results in delayed care, disease progression, increased mortality and antimicrobial resistance.
  • Every patient has a right to receive medication and healthcare that are safe, effective, and legitimate.
  • Chance should not be a factor in whether or not one receives safe healthcare and quality medicines.
  • Safe medication and healthcare happens when the issue of responsibility is addressed from the beginning to the end of the pharmaceutical supply chain, by involving and coordinating stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems across the world.
  • Addressing falsified medicines requires general education and knowledge of potential danger to people’s health. Everyone should have access to information on what they could do if they suspected a medicine to be falsified, and how to challenge policymakers to prioritize and act on this important issue.
  • Unsafe medicines represent various threats to patients: it may contain an insufficient amount or no active ingredient, or dangerous ingredients leading to drug resistance, treatment failure and even death.
  • For healthcare systems to be viewed as patient-centric, the principle of patient safety must be properly guaranteed.