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WHO combats counterfeit malaria drugs in Asia

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1044
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    A rapid alert system to help Asian countries combat the growing threat of counterfeit medicines was launched at a workshop of the World Health Organization in Manila, the Philippines, this week. The new system enables information about counterfeit drugs to be rapidly reported to the relevant authorities in participating countries.

    WHO estimates that 10% of all drugs sold globally are counterfeits and that the figure is as high as 25% in developing countries. Of particular …

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