In June of 2012, Angola Customs agents conducting a routine search of cargo shipped from China, they found 1.4 million packets of counterfeit Coartem, a Malaria medication produced by Novartis. The resulting seizure of fake drugs would have, if genuine, been enough to treat over half of Angola’s annual Malaria patients.
Who: Angola Customs Service.
When: June 2012.
Where: Luanda, Angola
How: Customs search of product shipment from China.
Additional details: The counterfeit drugs were concealed inside Chinese-made speakers. Originally shipped from Guangzhou in southern China, the drugs were hidden amongst items intended for trade at Luanda’s public markets. No arrests have been made.
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