Nigerian startups help fight scourge of fake medicines

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Published by Reuters

By Nneka Chile LAGOS (Reuters) – Startups in Nigeria are helping fight counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs in Africa’s most populous nation, where the prevalence rate of fake drugs is higher than the global average 10% and contributes to several deaths annually. The most counterfeited are drugs for anti-malaria, pain and antibiotics, according to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). To fight the flood of fake pills, the agency, in partnership with the startups has created stickers with unique codes that manufacturers and distributors can attach to boxes and s…

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