‘Fake malaria drugs kill 150,000 children yearly’
A recent report published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has alerted to a global pandemic of fake drugs killing children worldwide.
According to the report, falsified malaria drugs are responsible for the death of over 150,000 children yearly and 10 per cent of all medicines sold in developing countries, worth over $200 billion, are substandard.
The new research noted that the death of children is a cause for misery and one of the gravest perils comes in the form of falsified and substandard drugs for treating malaria, pneumonia and other diseases.
It also noted that hundreds of thousands of children each year are dying due to a surge of poor-quality or outright fake medicines, especially anti-malarial, antibiotics and anti-hypertensive drugs.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has defined three types of falsified and substandard medical products. “Falsified medical products” deliberately misrepresent their identity, composition or source.
“Substandard medical products” are regulated drugs that somehow fail to meet quality standards or specifications — for example, they have less than needed amount of active pharmaceutical ingredients.
“Unregistered or unlicensed medical products” are untested and unapproved drugs.