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Eliminating malaria demands quality drugs
By Sivong Sengaloundeth | 16 May 2019, SciDevNet
Sivong Sengaloundeth, a former deputy director of the Food and Drug Department in Lao PDR and a champion of the campaign, explains why we must protect the quality of antimalarials in the GMS region to curb the spread of drug resistance.
Global 'pandemic' of fake drugs killing children worldwide, report says
By Susan Scutti | 11 March 2019, CNN
The deaths of children are a cause for misery, and new research suggests one of the gravest perils comes in the form of falsified and substandard drugs for treating malaria, pneumonia and other diseases. Hundreds of thousands of children each year are dying due to a surge of poor-quality or outright fake medicines, the report says.
Fake drugs kill more than 250,000 children a year, doctors warn
By Ian Sample | 11 March 2019, The Guardian
Doctors have called for an urgent international effort to combat a “pandemic of bad drugs” that is thought to kill hundreds of thousands of people globally every year.
A surge in counterfeit and poor quality medicines means that 250,000 children a year are thought to die after receiving shoddy or outright fake drugs intended to treat malaria and pneumonia alone, the doctors warned.
Fake drugs could kill the dream of a malaria-free Asia Pacific
By Benjamin Rolfe and Lelio Marmora | 13 November 2018, Khmer Times
The dream of an Asia Pacific region free of malaria is within our grasp as steady progress brings most countries in the region to the brink of elimination. In less than 20 years, most Asia Pacific countries have managed to reduce malaria by more than 75 percent; 11 of them are heading towards complete elimination by 2025; and 22 have committed to end the disease by 2030.
However, a booming trade in fake drugs is holding the region hostage.
Fake drugs: The global industry putting your life at risk
By Srinath Perur, Mosaic | 1 November 2018, CNN
A blatantly poor-quality medicine can be detected because its effects are conspicuous. But a more discreet kind of substandard medicine, an antibiotic without enough active ingredient, can reach patients across the world without getting discovered. This produces a real threat and a danger of returning to a time where everyone is vulnerable to picking up an infection and finding that medicine is powerless to save us.