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Knockoff drugs endanger Egyptians

Counterfeit medications have become a common problem in Egypt, which has no central drug commission or strong laws penalizing their production and sale.
Counterfeit medicine confiscated by Swiss customs is displayed during the Swiss customs annual news conference at the Euroairport in Basel-Mulhouse February 7, 2012. Swiss customs registered 1298 cases of attempted illegal imports of medicines by post in 2011, 34 percent for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.    REUTERS/Pascal Lauener (SWITZERLAND - Tags: CRIME LAW HEALTH) - RTR2XG4B
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CAIRO — The number of counterfeit medications in Egyptian markets has recently reached 30% of the total of drugs on the market. The prevalence of counterfeit drugs has even extended to several vital medications used to treat cancer, liver inflammation, allergies, diabetes and tumors.

The consumer, torn between the Ministry of Health, the police and the Ministry of Supply, remains the biggest victim, in the absence of an independent Egyptian drug committee that monitors the registration, pricing, sale and quality control of medications. Egypt’s national economy is suffering as well.

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