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Duterte moves to target fake drugs

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MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has opened a new front in his war on drugs, targeting fake over-the-counter medicines to try to stem the spread of counterfeit paracetamol, his lawyer said yesterday. Salvador Panelo, chief presidential legal counsel, said Mr Duterte had ordered police to arrest those responsible for counterfeiting medicines. An estimated one in 10 medical products in low and middle-income countries is substandard or falsified, the World Health Organisation said in January. Mr Panelo said poor-quality drugs could also contribute to antibiotic resistance, threatening to undermine life-saving medicines in future.

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