2020: Gefälschte Malariatabletten ohne Chinin in West- und Zentralafrika im Umlauf
During routine drug quality testing by the DIFAEM Minilab working group, six counterfeit quinine batches were detected in three different countries: Cameroon, Nigeria and the Chad. These findings triggered off a WHO medical product alert. The fraudulent use of the outdated WHO Essential Drugs Programme logo may create a false sense of product quality. However, the results of the investigations proved that these batches were completely lacking quinine. Quinine is a medicine used in the management of severe malaria infections. Fake and poor-quality quinine tablets are treating malaria patients incorrectly resulting in prolonged suffering or even death.