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The World Health Organization warns against the increasing number of counterfeit coronavirus drugs being sold in developed countries.
An investigation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) found that fake drugs are being sold in Africa where fraudsters are taking advantage of market growth.
The World Health Organization says that taking these medications can have a big impact.
People all over the world store essential medicines. However, due to the fact that the world’s largest manufacturers of medical devices – China and India – are closed, beyond the current supply and increasing the pace of dangerous drugs.
The same week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that coronavirus was a contagious disease last month, as Operation Pangea, Interpol Global Pharmaceutical Crime Group conducted 112 arrests in 90 countries during 90 countries seven days, and ended up with more dangerous drugs. It costs around $ 14 million.
From Malaysia to Mozambique, police seized thousands of masks and drugs, many of which claimed to be effective against coronaviruses.
“Illegal sales of these counterfeit medicines during the public health crisis show a complete disregard for people’s lives,” said Interpol general secretary Jurgen Stoke.
According to the World Health Organization, a large number of counterfeit medicines, which contain drugs that may be infectious, have inaccurate properties, are inactive, or may become rare, totaling over $ 30 billion in low- and middle-income countries.
“The best case scenario is that [the drugs cannot be cured] they will not cure a disease that is intended for them,” said Steve Burnett Bordillion of the WHO fake drug delivery team.
The global pharmaceutical industry has over $ 1 trillion. The major supply chains come from major manufacturers in places such as China and India, to target drugstores in Europe, South America or Asia, to distributors who supply drugs to the country. all the nations of the earth.
However, as the world entered the closet, the supply chain began to split.
Several pharmaceutical companies in India have told the BBC that they are currently working at 50-60%. As Indian companies supply about 20% of essential drugs in Africa, the country is suffering from malnutrition.
Efraim Ferry, a drug dealer in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, said he was worried.
“The drugs have ended and we are not bringing them back. There is nothing we can do. Getting cosmetics is very difficult … especially necessary medications, such as antibiotics and antimalarias. ”
Manufacturers and service providers are also struggling because their plate manufacturing equipment is expensive, and some companies are expensive.
A Pakistani factory said that the raw materials to manufacture an anti-malarial drug called hydrochloroquine were purchased for $ 100 per kilogram. But today, the cost has risen to $ 1,150 per kilogram.
As an increasing number of countries become blocked, it is difficult to reduce production and increase demand, as people around the world yearn to collect essential medicines.
The World Health Organization has warned that this unsustainable combination of low supply and high demand could lead to a serious increase in the production and sale of counterfeit medicines.
“When the supply does not meet the demand, it creates an environment in which low or counterfeit medicines try to meet this demand,” said Esteve of the World Health Organization.
Speaking to pharmacists and drug companies around the world, the global supply of anti-malarial drugs is at risk now.
Since US President Donald Trump began referring to chloroquine and its derivatives of hydroxychloroquine in White House briefings, there has been an increase in demand for these widely used anti-malarial drugs worldwide.
Coronavirus and chloroquine: is there evidence that this works?
The World Health Organization has repeatedly stated that there is no convincing evidence that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine can be used against the virus that causes Covid-19. However, at a recent press conference, citing these anti-malarial drugs, President Trump said: “What should you lose? Accept it.”
With increasing demand, the fake PCB by chlorine has become popular in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. The WHO has found that counterfeit medicines are being sold in Niger.
Anti-malarial chloroquine is usually sold for $ 40 per 1,000 tablets. But pharmacists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo found that they were selling for $ 250.
The medicine sold is believed to have been manufactured in Belgium by Brawn and Burke Pharmaceutical Limited. However, Brown and Burke, a UK-registered drug company, said: “They have nothing to do with this drug. We are not producing this drug. This is fake.”
Professor Paul Newton, professor of counterfeit medicine at Oxford University, warned that the spread of counterfeit and dangerous drugs will only increase if governments around the world do not present a united front while the coronavirus pandemic continues.