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Fake medicine

How regulators and NGOs are bringing the threat of fake medicines to light

Published on 18/04/17 at 11:26am

If recent world events are anything to go by, there is a growing awareness that anything read on the internet should be taken with a pinch of salt. Why is it that people are still prepared to trust the internet when it comes to their health? Ben Hargreaves examines the rise of fake medicines and the different ways in which the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries are fighting back.

Five worrying facts about fake medicine

Published on 27/03/17 at 09:57am

One million people die from fake drugs every year, with the worst continent being Africa where a suspected 200,000 die every year from fake antimalarial medication. There have been numerous well-publicised incidents that have taken the lives of those believing they were receiving treatment to aid their health. In the US, in 2008, 81 people lost their lives to counterfeit heparin, an anticoagulant that had been produced in China. One particular ingredient that has reoccurred numerous times, to damaging effect, has been diethylene glycol.

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