The Economist (Sept 2, 2010) estimated that the counterfeit drug market is worth approximately $75-billion a year. Of all medicines sold worldwide, some 15 percent are counterfeit.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight broadly supportive development goals which provide benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty. The goals, adopted at the United Nations (UN) in 2000, are set to be achieved by 2015 and are measured in terms of progress since 1990.
In 2010 the 63rd World Health Assembly (WHA) established the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG).