Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WEST AFRICA - Meeting the challenge of counterfeit drugs

To fight against counterfeit drugs reaching alarming proportions, the Pfizer held on 9 and 10 March in Dakar a meeting between decision makers from seven countries in West Africa, rapporteSud Daily. The daily recalls that the Dakar Africa is the continent most affected by the scourge that "endangers the health of populations." According to available statistics, the counterfeiting generates a turnover of 219 billion CFA francs [334 million] in the world.

It represents 10% of the total production of drugs and ranks third among the customs seizures in Senegal. 700 000 people die each last year because of counterfeit antimalarials.

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