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By MARIA CHENG
AP Medical Writer 

UN: About 11 percent of drugs in poor countries are fake

 

November 29, 2017



LONDON (AP) — About 11 percent 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 every year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

It's the first attempt by the U.N. 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 percent of fake medicines.

WHO's director-general said the problem mostly affects poor countries. Between 72,000 and 169,000 chi...



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