According to a recently published review in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the use of poor-quality and fake drugs cost an economic toll of up to $200 billion every year. Researchers said fake or substandard medications are often given to children in low-income countries, where up to 155,000 deaths occur annually as a result of falsified antimalarial drugs.
Joel G. Breman, MD, senior scientist emeritus at the Fogarty International Center at the NIH and president-elect of the American Society of Tropical Medicine, and colleagues added that many organizations, including WHO, have become increasingly aware of this issue as the quantity of falsified and substandard drugs have increased in the marketplace.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk, Inc.
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