Four year old Gael from Veracruz in Mexico had a high chance of survival when he went into hospital. He had leukemia and was put straight onto a course of chemotherapy. But nobody realized his medication was a fake drug.
At least 61 people have died after one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit Mexico was followed by Hurricane Katia, which roared onshore in the Gulf. The president has declared three days of national mourning.
They can cause death, have unknown side-effects, fail to treat illnesses and sometimes even add to the spread of disease. Now, the battle to eliminate fake pharmaceutical products is being stepped up.
Counterfeit medicine is a major health hazard in Zimbabwe. The laws of the country are strict but the parallel market is hard to control, especially in times of economic crisis.
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