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Unusable medicines “dumped” on Venezuela

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1491
  1. Claire Wallerstein
  1. Caracas

    Six months after devastating floods and landslides left up to 30000 people dead or missing and 200000 homeless, Venezuela is being inundated again—by a flood of unusable medical aid. Harrowing television pictures of the disaster last December in the coastal states of Vargas and Falcon, near Caracas, sparked a massive humanitarian response, and tonnes of medicines are still arriving from all around the world.

    However, health workers helping the victims say thathuge quantities of medical …

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