Fake versions of a drug to treat leishmaniasis have been discovered in Iran and Pakistan, the counterfeits falsely claim to contain the medicine meglumine antimoniate.
A surge in counterfeit and poor-quality medicines means that 250,000 children a year are thought to die after receiving shoddy or outright fake drugs intended to treat malaria and pneumonia alone, doctors warned. More are thought to die from poor or counterfeit vaccines and antibiotics used to treat or prevent acute infections and diseases such as hepatitis, yellow fever and meningitis.
Taiwan's media are reporting on the unusual indictment and arrest of a several college professors who are accused of manufacturing, and selling, illicit avian influenza poultry vaccines.
The World Health Organization estimates that up to 10 percent of all drugs worldwide could be falsified, with up to 50 percent of those some form of antibiotics.
Substandard and falsified medicines burden health systems by diverting resources to ineffective or harmful therapies, causing medical complications and prolonging illnesses.
The technology ensures the origin and content of virtually any consumer product from diagnostic tests to medicines to food.
China's drug regulator has ordered Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Limited to stop production and launched an investigation into the company over illegal production of rabies vaccines for human use.
Drugs worth about Rwf24m have been impounded, four animal drug stores closed and three people arrested in an operation that was intended to tackle sale and use of counterfeit veterinary products in the country.
Laboratory tests of medicines being given to patients at government-run hospitals revealed a high prevalence of spurious drugs in Pakistan.