Annual Deaths from Counterfeit Drugs

According to a report by the International Policy Network based in Washington, DC, up to 700,000 people die each year due to counterfeit malaria and tuberculosis drugs.

In some developing countries, up to 30 percent of all medicines being dispersed are fakes, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the counterfeit drugs in circulation are originally produced in China or India.

Source:  Natasha Khan, “China Police Arrest More Than 1,900 People in Fake-Drug Hunt,” Bloomberg Businessweek, August 5, 2012.