Counterfeit Drugs Boost Superbug’s Resistance

A new reporting program developed by the World Health Organization attests to the growing global problem of counterfeit antibiotics. While previous studies have shown that Southeast Asia has a large problem of trafficked drugs, the influence these drugs are having on the infections themselves is much more troublesome.

These counterfeit drugs are often too weak to fully kill the infection, causing its to grow into a superbug so that even drugs of the correct concentrations are unable to kill them. And with the increase of globalization, the fake drugs can easily make there way into the hands of US consumers via online pharmacies.

Very high rates” of resistance have been observed in all regions and in bacteria that cause common infections such as those related to wounds, pneumonia and urinary-tract conditions, the WHO said in its first global survey of antimicrobial resistance in April.

These challenges emerge during a time of heightened concern over the quality of generic v.s. brand medicines. Public health advocates urge consumers to stay away from online medical distributers, and take measures to protect themselves from infections.

 

Read more here- “Fake Antibiotics Feed Growing Worldwide Superbugs Threat,” (Mariko Kitamura, Bloomberg)

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Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.

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