Technology—from scanners to artificial intelligence to blockchain—could be a partial solution to detecting counterfeit medicines, which can be fatal to patients and increase bacterial resistance to effective drugs. A handheld scanner developed by the Nigerian startup RxAll…

Hundreds of thousands die each year from counterfeit or poor quality drugs, warn doctors and scientists calling for an international movement to flush the fakes out of the system.   250,000 children die from drugs intended to treat malaria and pneumonia alone, they write in…

The Taliban has said it will not target a door-to-door polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan—but the program still faces another obstacle: communities who don’t trust the drugs. Tony Birtley's interviews with rural residents illustrate the challenges for polio workers…

Nigeria accounts for over 60% of West Africa’s medications. In 2015, about 17% of all generic drugs were fakes, accounting for over 100,000 deaths a year across sub-Saharan Africa.  

The rise of effective medications saw global malaria deaths drop an estimated 60% from 2000-2015—but markets flooded with fake chloroquine and artemisinin are slowing progress against the disease in the hardest-hit African countries, write the University of Canberra’s…