You’re sick. You buy some medicine. You don’t get better. For too many people in the world, the reason is counterfeit drugs, which account for an estimated $75 billion of world’s annual $900 billion pharmaceutical sales and about 100,000 deaths per year in Africa alone.

A 79-year-old retired Indian man has been collecting unused prescription drugs from the affluent for the past 8 years, and distributing whatever hasn't expired to India’s needy patients. Omkarnath, known respectfully as “Medicine Baba,” is not a trained pharmacist, and…

WHO recently issued a notice of concern and recommended rejecting a study by contract research organization Quest Life Sciences for poor handling of clinical trial records evaluating different HIV/AIDS drugs.

Efforts to curb the serious malaria problem in Nigeria could become more challenging due to rampant use of sub-standard medicines, suggests a PLOS One study. In 2013, the researchers bought antimalarials in Enugu, a city with about 3.3 million people, from 421 outlets. Of…

Patterson, a historian of African medicine at Wellesley College, explores the important role of pharmacies in Senegal in her book, Pharmacy in Senegal: Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship, and she graciously agreed to help us kick off our discussion with a Q&A about…

A program in Tanzania to accredit retail drug shops—where prescriptions were sold illegally and untrained staff provided clinical services—is a model for pulling rural stores into the health system and improving care.

Medicare’s prescription drug program went from spending $0 on popular tranquilizers such as Valium in 2012, to doling out over $377 million for them the next year—a spike that reflects a failed policy initiative by Congress. In the past, lawmakers chose not to cover anti-…

WHO came out swinging yesterday at data withholders, demanding that all clinical trial results for drugs, vaccines and medical devices be released. Failing to communicate trial results leads to misinformation that can skew future research and interventions, said Marie-…

In the worst HIV outbreak in its history, the US state of Indiana has traced its origins largely to IV drug use of the prescription painkiller Opana.

In the worst HIV outbreak in its history, the US state of Indiana has traced its origins largely to IV drug use of the prescription painkiller Opana.