WHO launches drive to stamp out fake drugs
Financial TimesA new drive to stamp out the growing problem of substandard and counterfeit medicines in six south-east Asian countries is being launched this week by the World Health Organisation. Counterfeiting, mostly of antibiotics and drugs used to treat tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS, is widespread in Burma, Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, which make up the greater Mekong area, the WHO says. The use by poor people of low quality or counterfeit drugs with little or no therapeutic value "often leads to death."
—Posted: November 12, 2003
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