This is Yu-zin, she weighs 5 tonnes. Double this amount of counterfeit drugs were seized on Thursday in a haul in East Africa. The hauls contained vaccines, antimalarial drugs and antibiotics, all worthless. It’s safe to say that these pills would have killed a significant proportion of the tens of thousands that would have taken them by preventing them from access to genuine treatment. These are not generic medecines but counterfeits designed purely to defraud, for profit, at any human cost and there are millions, possibly billions of pills still out there.
This was on Thursday, it is now Sunday and this has still not been covered by a single UK news outlet (according to google news) despite being on a number of newswires and being the conclusion of a year long interpol operation. (I blame the lady who put the cat in the bin, evidently that was the bigger story this week)
A haul of this size “only” happens about once a year but the problem is endemic and growing at a rapid rate. It is still near impossible for patients in third world countries to check if their product is genuine and there has been no effort to make public details of the counterfeits in circulation. If this happened in England we would immediately demand the right to know, why are Africans not given this right?
Reuters: http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE67P35720100826 Follow Simon on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
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