Fake pharmaceutical industry thrives in West Africa


This file picture dated 13 October 2001 shows an official of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) off-loading cartoons of fake drugs for destruction 13 October 2001, at the premises of the agency in LagosImage copyright
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The counterfeit pharmaceutical industry is thriving in West Africa, with law enforcement agencies battling to crackdown on foreign-linked criminal syndicates, writes Emma Hooper.

It is rare to have a conversation in Nigeria about the problem of falsified medicine without a mention of the My Pikin syrup tragedy.

In 2009, 84 children were killed by a batch of teething syrup that contained diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent and ingredient found in…



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