Wednesday, August 06, 2003

fake drugs kill two children in Nigeria

Two children died after heart surgery when they were given bad drugs.

Sources in Nigeria's pharmaceutical industry estimate 50 percent of the drugs in circulation in the country are either fake or adulterated. Most of the drugs are imported from India, China, Pakistan, Egypt and Indonesia.

... Akunyili [head of Nigeria's National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control] blames the management of the hospital for the death of the two children. ''If medical authorities had adhered to my directives to purchase drugs directly from manufacturers or accredited manufacturers' representatives, the incidence would have been avoided,'' she told a local television.