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Drug manufacturing in Africa

Lembit Rägo, Jitka Sabartova & Jacqueline Sawyer | 18 Sep 2010 | The Lancet

Tatum Anderson (May 8, p 1597)1 highlights important elements of the debate surrounding local pharmaceutical production in developing countries.

Anti-malaria drugs worth Shs7 million go missing

Martin Okudi | 16 Sep 2010 | Daily Monitor

Police in Moyo are investigating the loss of 46 packets of coartem drugs worth Shs7 million, which went missing under unclear circumstances.

India's market in generic drugs also leads to counterfeiting

Rama Lakshmi | 11 Sep 2010 | Washington Post

In New Delhi Private investigator Suresh Sati rattled off the popular brand names listed on the boxes of cough syrup, supplements, vitamins and painkillers sprawled across the desk and shelves in his basement office.

Global Fund Investigates Possible Theft, Sale of Malaria Medication

Talea Miller | 04 Sep 2010 | PBS NewsHour

Malaria causes about 1 million deaths around the world each year, but not all the medication donated to fight the disease is reaching its intended targets.

Experimental Novartis drug shows malaria promise

Kate Kelland | 02 Sep 2010 | Reuters

An experimental Novartis drug can clear malaria infection in mice with a single dose and scientists say it shows promise as a possible future treatment for one of the world's major killer diseases.

Kenyan Government to reintroduce use of DDT

Collins Anampiu | 01 Sep 2010 | Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

The government through the ministry of public health and sanitation plans to reintroduce the use of DDT in fighting of malaria in the country to completely combat the killer disease.

Some donated malaria drugs being stolen in Africa

Maria Cheng | 01 Sep 2010 | Associated Press

Millions of free malaria drugs are sent to Africa every year by international donors. New research is now providing evidence for what health workers have long suspected: some of the donated medication is being stolen and resold on commercial markets.

African police seize 10 tonnes of fake medicines

None | 26 Aug 2010 | Reuters

Police seized about 10 tonnes of counterfeit medicines and arrested 80 people in a sweep across eastern Africa, international police agency Interpol said on Thursday.

The Malthusian War Against DDT

Marjorie Hecht | 24 Aug 2010 | 21st Century Science

The Excellent Powder is a mythdestroying book that needs to be widely read, and to be put in every library, especially school libraries, as a reference work. In fact, this political and scientific history of DDT should be required reading in environmental science courses, to make sure that new green recruits know the extent of the death toll that will result from the continuing hysteria against DDT.

Africans text message to check if drugs are real

Maria Cheng | 20 Aug 2010 | Associated Press

For Africans wondering whether the malaria drugs they've bought are real, there may soon be a quick way of finding out: sending a text message. Across the continent, more than 30 percent of malaria medicines are estimated to be fake, and many look identical to the real thing.