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Communication / Conference: Hospitals treated children with counterfeit chemotherapy drugs in Mexico

Communication / Conference: Hospitals treated children with counterfeit chemotherapy drugs in Mexico


The Partnership for Safe Medicines


An investigation into the corruption of former Governor Javier Duarte has uncovered allegations that children with cancer were treated in state-run hospitals in Veracruz with counterfeit chemotherapy medicines due to budget shortfalls and lack of resources caused by his administration. The BBC reports, that when tested, the counterfeit chemotherapy drugs came back as an inert compound. It was essentially distilled water.

Current Governor Miguel Angel Yunes Linares said, “This seems to us a brutal crime, an attempt against the lives of the children.” Authorities have lab tests results that were performed by Roche Laboratories dating back to 2010 to prove the use of fake chemotherapy drugs. According to Telesur, Prosecutors allege that Duarte embezzled or misspent as much as US $2 billion since he took office nearly six years ago.

An investigation is underway and Governor Yunes Linares has said a legal complaint will be filed when it is completed.

 

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