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Internet: Not drugs, but poison: rumors on mass deaths of children from counterfeit medicines are spreading on social networks in Russia

Internet: Not drugs, but poison: rumors on mass deaths of children from counterfeit medicines are spreading on social networks in Russia

September 22th, 2016 - Vesti.ru

News about mass deaths of children due to counterfeit drugs spread at an incredible rate on social networks. Only in Moscow, twelve alleged cases would have occurred. A lot of people would have shared a post on social networks, urging parents to be vigilant and not to buy some drugs listed in the post (antibiotics, painkillers and homeopathics). From Moscow, those rumors have spread throughout Russia, and even to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. The Kazakh Ministry of Health had to make a formal denial. Such a situation would already have happened last year – also in the fall, and the text published in the online post would be identical.

 

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