One in 10 drugs sold in third world fake: WHO

File: Early results show that dolutegravir is an effective and well-tolerated antiretroviral drug.

File: Early results show that dolutegravir is an effective and well-tolerated antiretroviral drug.

AFP

JOHANNESBURG – The World Health Organization (WHO) says one in 10 drugs sold in developing countries is fake or substandard leading to tens of thousands of deaths.

Health officials say African children receive many fake drugs, resulting in ineffective treatments for pneumonia and malaria.

The organisation says the internet is opening the door to the sale of toxic products online.

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It says some pharmacists in Africa feel compelled to buy from the cheapest suppliers to compete with illegal street traders.

The WHO says fake drugs could contain incorrect doses, wrong ingredients or no active ingredients at all.