The World Customs Organization (WCO) and the IRACM issue Warning about the Health and Safety of African Populations


PARIS, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A customs operation of an unequalled scale was carried out in April of this year in 23 African countries. More than one billion articles and in particular 550 million doses of illicit, potentially dangerous if not deadly medicines were intercepted including: antibiotics, painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, medicines for high blood pressure and diabetes and food supplements. The total value of the medicines collected is estimated at more than $275 million US Dollars. These results reveal the extent of the traffic of illicit medicines in Africa and the danger this poses to the health of people across the African continent.

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