Fake Medication is a Global Problem
Fake medication – that is, those that fail to meet quality standards – is a global problem, threatening not just public health but important advancements in medicine as well.
A team of scientists reported in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that in global studies of about 17,000 drug samples, up to 41 percent of specimens failed to meet quality standards. Among the collection is an article describing the discovery of falsified and substandard malaria drugs that caused an estimated 122,350 deaths in African children in 2013. Other studies identified poor quality antibiotics, which may harm our health and increase antimicrobial resistance – a problem that currently has developed nations like the United States utterly surrounded.