‘Invisible’ pharmacists selling knock-off drugs: the rise of antibiotic resistance in Cambodia

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‘Invisible’ pharmacists selling knock-off drugs: the rise of antibiotic resistance in Cambodia

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By Madlen Davies , Ben Stockton
September 20 2019

Quack pharmacists in Cambodia are fuelling the rise of drug resistant bacteria by incorrectly peddling antibiotics, a study has found.

For the first time researchers have interviewed Cambodia’s “invisible” drug sellers – those who sell from their own homes, visit customers’ houses or wander around markets or villages.

Khan said it “wasn’t difficult” for informal sellers in Cambodia to get antibiotics. Wholesalers would deliver antibiotics to informal sellers or they would be passed on by qualified practitioners. “Drug reps also come directly to the communities on motorbikes to promote or provide medicines,” she said.

The country also has a problem with counterfeit medicines smuggled in from Vietnam, India, Pakistan and China. These include “substandard” antibiotics, anti-malarials and antivirals: those which do not contain enough of the active ingredient, meaning they fuel drug resistance.

The researchers carried out community interviews in seven villages on the outskirts of Phnom Penh and found 62% of people reported using invisible medicine sellers.

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Re: ‘Invisible’ pharmacists selling knock-off drugs: the rise of antibiotic resistance in Cambodia

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I'm not sure about 'substandard' imports, I guess they mean generics
it sounds like they're trying to protect pharma brands

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