About 11 per cent of drugs in poor countries are fake, says World Health Organization

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London | Published: November 28, 2017 11:37:32 PM

The World Health Organization says about 11 per cent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia.

United Nations, UN, World Health Organization, WHO, drugs in poor countries, fake drugs, fake drugs in poor countries, UN health agency, fake medicines, fake medicines in poor countries, poor countries of worldThe World Health Organization says about 11 per cent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia.

The World Health Organization says about 11 per cent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia. It’s the first attempt by the UN health agency to assess the problem. Experts reviewed 100 studies involving more than 48,000 medicines. Drugs for treating malaria and bacterial infections accounted for nearly 65 per cent of fake medicines. Scientists commissioned by WHO at the University of Edinburgh estimate the number of children dying from pneumonia after receiving bad drugs to be between about 72,000 and 169,000. WHO says the cases of fake medicines it found are only “a small fraction” and problems may be going unreported. The reports were released today.

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