Thanksgiving 2010 Emeryville End of the Line

There are walking maps of public Art from Emery Point to Temescal Park, Art in public places on display , cant help but notice night or day; brightening up our lives, so grateful and thankful for things we take for granted, our health, family, friends and significant others that care, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day over here and over there, so here below  is an article I’d like to share confidently just us two, me and you. This article from the Magazine Pharmaceutical Online,  caught our attention, stressing the need for poetic concern for that which we are about to learn:

Substandard And Counterfeit Antimalarial Drugs In Ghana Discovered By Cooperative Program Of USP, Ghana Food And Drugs Board                   November 9, 2010
Rockville, MD /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Substandard and counterfeit versions of thirteen key antimalarial medicines were uncovered in multiple locations across Ghana by the Medicines Quality Monitoring surveillance program. Set up by the Ghana Food and Drugs Board (FDB) in collaboration with the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
“Few people fully realize the devastation that distribution of substandard or counterfeit medications can wreak on vulnerable populations,” said Stephen Opuni, M.D., chief executive officer of the FDB. “In this case some of the drugs discovered contained no active pharmaceutical ingredient, while others failed to meet required quality standards. This causes great harm in two ways: individual patients taking the drugs get no relief, and drug-resistant strains of malaria grow stronger.
In 2009 the same program uncovered a counterfeit version of Novartis’ Coartem®, another widely used antimalarial.
Fake and poor quality drugs found in many areas across Ghana, and in many types of outlets—underscores the need not only for continuing surveillance but also for active enforcement of anti-counterfeiting laws.”
The discovery of counterfeits has resulted in a nationwide recall of all thirteen drugs. Public education and official collaborations are essential to protecting public health in Ghana and in many other developing nations.”
For more information about the PQM program and its work, please email or visit

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific, nonprofit, standards-setting organization advancing public health through public standards and related programs helping ensure quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods. USP’s standards are recognized and used worldwide. For more information about USP visit
Art exhibits and performances communities relate to, are reflections of a culture, like canvass painters brush paint to, resulting in a distinct personality identifiable as made of local parts; soon to be housed and nurtured in the Emeryville Center for the Arts, at a not too distant time at the end of the line..*




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