'Fake Medicines' Pose Huge Risk To Public Health, Officials Warn

April 21, 2015 9:35 PM

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'Fake Medicines' Pose Huge Risk To Public Health, Officials Warn

A collection of journal articles published this week points to poor quality medicine as a "real and present" threat to the fight against ongoing health crises around the globe. The articles, including 17 published in "The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene," calls the proliferation of fake drugs a global pandemic responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths and a troubling increase in antimicrobial resistance.

Scientists found up to 41 percent of medications used to treat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis weren't up to international standards, part of an estimated $75 billion annual trade in illicit medicine. One study points to the deaths of 122,450 African children in 2013 due to counterfeit malaria dr...

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