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Prioritizing public and economic health, Philippines targets fake drugs

An estimated one in 10 medical products in low- and middle-income countries is substandard or falsified, the World Health Organization said in January.


Reuters
Updated: 28-03-2018 13:39 IST
Prioritizing public and economic health, Philippines targets fake drugs

Police say those killed were all dealers who put up violent resistance. (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has opened a new front in his war on drugs, targeting fake over-the-counter medicines to try to stem the spread of counterfeit paracetamol, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Salvador Panelo, chief presidential legal counsel, said Duterte had ordered police to arrest those responsible.

"They do not only undermine or weaken the national economy by hitting a large-scale industry, they also threaten national security by endangering the health of a vast majority of the people," Panelo said in a statement.

An estimated one in 10 medical products in low- and middle-income countries is substandard or falsified, the World Health Organization said in January. It said the fake drugs business accounts for about 10 percent of the annual USD 300 billion global industry.

Panelo said poor-quality drugs could also contribute to antibiotic resistance, threatening to undermine life-saving medicines in future.

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More than 4,000 Filipinos have been killed by police during Duterte's war on illegal drug use and thousands more by unidentified armed men. Police say those killed were all dealers who put up violent resistance.

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COUNTRY : Philippines