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Nayyar, Gaurvika M. L. et al., “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 92, Issue 6_Suppl, Jun 2015, p. 2 – 7

Introduction This supplement to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, entitled “The pandemic of falsified medicines: laboratory and field innovations and policy perspectives,” showcases 17 articles on detection technologies and methods, field surveillance data, multisectorial perspectives, and policy interventions and recommendations needed to create a coordinated and effective response to curb the pandemic…


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