Thursday, November 26, 2009

Are Counterfeit Products Contributing to Drug Resistant Strains of H1N1?

As reported in many media outlets, European physicians and the World Health Organization (WHO) are investigating drug resistant strains of the H1N1 virus.

To date, H1N1 has been effectively treated by anti-viral medication Tamiflu and Relenza.

As also reported in many media outlets and in there is an emerging proliferation of organized crime organizations making hundreds of millions of dollars by counterfeiting and selling via the Internet the anti-viral drugs used to treat the H1N1 virus.

With the malaria and tuberculosis healthcare epidemics in Africa and Asia, counterfeit medications have been a significant contributor to the increase of drug resistant strains and are a considerable factor in the deaths of hundreds of thousands across the globe. In these incidents, unscrupulous counterfeiters manufacturer medications with just enough of the active ingredient to fool rudimentary testing devices. These counterfeit medications are more than just worthless, they actually facilitate drug resistant strains of the illness.

This begs the question of the correlation and impact on counterfeit drugs to the emergence of drug resistant strains of the H1N1 virus.

Are counterfeit medications contributing to drug resistant strains of the H1N1 virus?

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