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WHO fights fake drugs

16th March 2007

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has met recently with more than 20 technology companies to find ways to counteract the growing number of counterfeit medicines on world markets.

The partners met in Prague to discuss methods of verifying genuine products, like holograms, special inks, covert printing and watermarks.

Counterfeit medicines are on the increase in most countries, but are particularly widespread and dangerous in the developing world, WHO said in a statement.

Recent figures estimate counterfeits at around 1% of sales in developed countries to more than 10% in developing countries.

In parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America, more that 30% of the medicines on sale can be counterfeit, while in some former Soviet republics, counterfeits make up more than 20% of the market, WHO said.

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