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I Coast says nearly 400 tonnes of fake drugs seized in two years

AFP  |  Abidjan 

Nearly 400 tonnes of fake medicines have been seized over two years in Ivory Coast, whose main city is a West African haven for drugs, the health ministry said Tuesday.

medicine is the scourge of and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world's poorest continent, according to the

"In the course of the last two years, 385 tonnes of fake medicines -- representing a financial loss of 152 million euros (USD 173 million) for the industry -- were seized," said Able Ekissi, an in the ministry.

"In Ivory Coast, 30 to 40 per cent of medicines are bought off the streets. They are reputed to be cheaper and at best they are ineffective and at worst toxic, causing death," said Abderrahmane Chakibi, the of French firm for sub-Saharan

The illicit sector has a turnover of at least 10 per cent of the world business, meaning that it earns tens of billions of dollars a year, the Switzerland-based estimates, adding that the figure has nearly tripled in five years.

The WHO estimates that one out of 10 medicines in the world is fake but the figure can be as high as seven out of 10 in certain countries, especially in

The estimated in 2015 that 122,000 children under five died due to taking poor-quality antimalarials in sub-Saharan Africa, which, along with antibiotics as the two most in-demand, are the medicines most likely to be out-of-date or bad copies.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 19:55 IST