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Influx of fake drugs to Nigeria worries health experts

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7339.698 (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:698
  1. Abiodun Raufu
  1. Lagos

    Nigerian health experts are worried over the influx of fake and substandard drugs into the country, which they complain is endangering the public's health.

    Dr Dora Akunyili, director general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, said that fake drugs are responsible for the growing number of cases of hypertension, heart failure, stroke, and other illnesses in Nigeria.

    “When people are taking fake or substandard antihypertension drugs, their blood pressure will continue to rise—because what they are taking is rubbish—until they go down with stroke or even die,” she …

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