Fake drugs and their risks
Taking counterfeit drugs can lead to severe harm or even death.
Counterfeit drugs are fake copies of real, legitimate medicines. They often look identical to the real things—the same size, shape, and color. Health risks Counterfeit drugs may contain: an incorrect amount of the active ingredient, the wrong active ingredient, or no active ingredients at all. Counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl (an opioid that is up […]
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that close to $83 billion worth of counterfeit drugs are sold annually, and one in 10 medical products circulating in developing countries are substandard or fake. Drug resistance caused by counterfeit medicines poses a very serious global health threat and intensifies the challenge of fighting infectious diseases such as […]
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