The increasing availability of counterfeit drugs for malaria and other diseases poses a threat to public health, and governments must take action to supply affordable and effective treatments, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said Monday at the 26th Southeast Asia Region Health Ministers Meeting in New Delhi, Bernama/Daily Malaysian News reports.

According to reports, at least 35% of drugs entering the market are thought to be counterfeit, including at least 30% of the antimalarial drugs in rural areas of Southeast Asia.

10 September 2008

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