WHO: One in 10 of medical products in low and middle-income countries are fake

Fake medicine bought at a hospital on August 24, 2013. One in every 10 medical products circulating in low and middle-income countries were either substandard or fake, according to a new research by the World Health Organization. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Since 2013, WHO has received 1,500 reports of cases of substandard or falsified products.
  • The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine estimates that 116,000 (64,000–158,000) additional deaths from malaria could be caused every year by fake antimalarial drugs in sub-Saharan Africa.

One in every 10 medical products circulating in low and middle-income countries were either substandard or fake, according to a new research by the World Health Organization.

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