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Enforcement: 40 tons of fake medicines seized during a market breakup in Abidjan

Enforcement: 40 tons of fake medicines seized during a market breakup in Abidjan


news.abidjan.net


On 3 June 2017, Ivory Coast authorities dispatched 700 police officers to break up a fake drugs market at Adjamé-Roxy, in Abidjan, and seized 40 tons of counterfeit products. This market was supposed to supply nearly a third of all treatments sold in the country. According to a local association of pharmaceutical retailers, such "street pharmacies" cost the country's legal pharmaceutical sector XOF 40 to 50 billion (USD 69,261,900 to 86,577,300) each year, including XOF 5 billion (USD 8,657,730) of lost revenue for the government. On March 10, the authorities had already incinerated 50 tons of falsified drugs worth EUR 1 million (USD 1,135,820).


Following this early-June operation, the Ministry of Health announced that the authorities were realizing a long term operation and running several awareness campaign targeting the 8,000 women involved in illegal drug.

 

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