Fight Club for Fake Drugs

Every year fake medicines kill more than 120,000 children in Africa, which accounts for the bulk of substandard and fake medical products detected worldwide, Quartz Africa reports.
 
7 African countries are showing fresh political will to stop the scourge.
 
Congo, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Ghana and The Gambia have signed on to the Lomé Initiative to end the trafficking of sub-par and fake drugs and medical products. The group met last week to hash out strategy, BBC reports.
 
Part of their effort is draft legislation criminalizing the trafficking and selling of fake drugs—an important deterrent.
 
“Fake medicine has often been regarded as a violation of intellectual property right, and not a crime,” notes Togo’s president Faure Gnassingbe, according to Quartz.
 
But beating the scourge also requires countries to protect their borders against the flow of fake drugs—and ensure new laws are enforced.  

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