Editorial: Selling counterfeit drugs is a sick business

日期:2019-03-02 03:11:09 作者:南宫褊 阅读:

TRADE in fake prescription medicines is a cruel and expanding racket. Globally, it now probably isn’t a lot less lucrative than dealing in hard drugs, yet it has received nothing like the attention. While in rich nations there has been a trend towards faking “lifestyle drugs” such as Viagra, in developing countries the counterfeits replace life-saving medicines, and are estimated to kill thousands every year. Fake drugs kill either directly, because they contain toxic substances, or indirectly because the pills contain no effective ingredient and so fail to treat potentially fatal conditions such as malaria,