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Donations of useless medicines to Kosovo contributes to chaos

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 03 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:11
  1. Philippa Saunders
  1. London

    Reports are emerging from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Pharmaciens Sans Frontiàres that quantities of unrequested and unusable medical drugs, sent by governments and others in response to the Kosovo crisis, are contributing to the postwar chaos.

    Despite the WHO's best efforts to control drug supplies, a pattern of inappropriate donations, familiar in many other crises, has again emerged. Additional resources will have to be found to sort and dispose of what amounts …

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