Coronavirus fuels a surge in fake medicines

Jilla Dastmalchi

Date Published: April 9, 2020

Source: BBC

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there are a growing number of fake medicines linked to coronavirus on sale in developing countries. These drugs can have serious side effects because they may be contaminated with something toxic. Moreover, people are stockpiling basic medications as the world’s two largest producers of medical supplies, China and India, are in lock down. Thus, the demand outstrips the supply and circulation of dangerous counterfeit drugs. Producers and suppliers are also struggling as the raw ingredients are now so expensive for some companies and they simply cannot afford to keep producing medications. This unstable combination of reduced supply and increased demand has led the WHO to warn of a dangerous spike in the production and sales of fake drugs. One expert warned of “a parallel pandemic, of substandard and falsified products”.

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