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Fake, Substandard Medicines Pose Global Challenge

Poor-quality medicines - including counterfeits and those with the incorrect dosage - are a “real and urgent threat” to public health, according to a collection of 17 research papers published in a prominent medical journal.   So-called “fake drugs” include expired medicines, those with manufacturing defects, and bogus tablets designed to look like the real thing.   “We know that this is an epidemic occurring over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries, and now...

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