Drug Counterfeiting Worsens Heat Temperature in Africa
For those who are not too observant about things, chalk dust and flour seemed to be the same. With proper tools, counterfeiting experts can change the components of a legitimate medicine to chalk starch or paint particles with ease, sell it to a gray market or fairly distribute it on different pharmacies with loose security and inventory system. Advancement in technology doesn’t make it too hard to label and brand the fake medicines after the real ones. This global drug trade is thriving in Africa.
The markets in Africa are filled with counterfeited medicines. These medicines are placed side by side with counterfeited medicines. If you pick the wrong box, it can eventually lead to your death.
The outbreak of Malaria in this continent has been advantageous for counterfeiters to introduce their products to the market. When it was finally found out that the increase of mortality rate has been caused by some unknown substance in the medicines that were given to patients, dispensed by public hospitals, fake medicines have already spread far and wide in the region.
The discovery, last June, 2013 led to one of the largest seizures of phony medicines ever. The fakes which are enough to treat more than half the country's annual malaria cases, had they been genuine according to Wall Street Journal are part of a proliferation of bogus malaria drugs in Africa that threatens to undermine years of progress in tackling the disease.
According to reports released by The Peterson Group, a non-profit organization campaigning against the proliferation of counterfeit medicines, about 100, 000 deaths in Africa are linked to fraud drug products. The British think-tank, International Policy Network, on the other hand, estimates that globally, 700,000 deaths a year are caused by fake malaria and tuberculosis drug comparing the death toll to the equivalent of “four fully laden jumbo jets crashing every day.”
Many analysts blame the importers from Asia for the havoc it brought in Africa. China is known to have the practice of counterfeiting and many believe the distributors also come from the country. It is, in fact, not a secret that China, along with India, has a lot of records and complaints on the production of many counterfeit products. PRC also have the largest production base for both active and unfinished drugs around the world.
However, many cities are already being dragged in the fray. Jakarta, Indonesia and Hanoi, Vietnam to name a few are also included as they are also suspected to distribute their locally-produced fraud medicines.