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Seattle global health expert issues call to arms in the war on fake drugs | 

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Fake drugs are on the rise.

Did you know that 80 percent of all drug ingredients, and 40 percent of all finished pharmaceutical products, are made outside the U.S.?

Did you know a small, but increasing number of these drugs are fake?

What looks like a very boring academic and institutional report, entitled “Ensuring Safe Foods and Medical Products Through Stronger Regulatory Systems Abroad,” is in fact a call to arms. A Seattle man is a leading voice in sounding the alarm on the problem of counterfeit drugs.

Fake drugs are on the rise worldwide, including in the United States, and nearly a million people are estimated to die every year due to taking medications that are useless or worse.

The problem of fake or counterfeit medications in the developing world is massive, in some regions estimated to constitute perhaps half of all drugs sold, says the World Health Organization. Continue reading