The article explained that falsified medicines represent 30 to 80% of all pharmaceutical products sold on the African continent and that nearly 60% of falsified medicine on the global market can be found in Africa. The article underlined the fact that falsified medicines are doubly criminal. They are a crime against the ill as well as being a crime against the poorest populations with little access to quality healthcare and medicines.
Taking falsified medicines can result in such harmful side effects as allergies, diabetes, burns, kidney damage, and even cancer.
The traffic of falsified medicine and of counterfeit products in general also damages the economy, hindering the development of the African continent. On the Ivory Coast, the Ministry of the Economy estimates that damages equal 780 billion francs CFA, or 7.46% of the GDP.
Key facts about the traffic of falsified medicines in Africa:
– it takes advantage of the porous nature of frontiers
– it is more lucrative than the drug traffic
– it finances criminal and terrorist groups such as Boko Haram or AQIM.
The entire article can be read on the Le Point website.
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