Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2012 - Business & Economics - 457 pages
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Roger Bate has spent years on the trail of counterfeit medicines in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, learning the anatomy of a nebulous, far-reaching black market that has resulted in countless deaths and injuries around the world. Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines is the culmination of Bate's research and travelsóboth a fascinating first-hand account of the counterfeit drug trade and an incisive policy analysis with important ramifications for decision makers in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the international World Health Organization.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I The Deadly World of Dangerous Medicines
9
1 Historical Examples of Dangerous Medicines
11
2 Understanding the Problem
25
3 Overview of Research Findings and Possible Solutions
48
Part II Dangerous Drug Problems by Location
59
4 Africa
60
5 India
133
What We Found
268
12 Results Broken Down for Africa India and Other Markets
283
13 Interpreting and Discussing the Results and Their Relevance
296
Part IV The Way Forward
325
The US FDA as a Case Study
327
15 International Cooperation against Criminals and the Lethal Trade in Fake Medicines
356
16 A Market for Products of Varying Quality and the Intellectual Property Debate
387
17 Conclusion
396

6 China
177
7 Middle East
204
8 Other Emerging Markets
227
9 The Online Drug Market
246
Part III DrugQuality Assessments
255
10 Factors to Consider for Research
257
Relevant Publications by Roger Bate
401
Notes
405
Index
423
About the Author
457
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About the author (2012)

Roger Bate is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
He has spent years on the trail of stolen counterfeit and substandard medicines in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, learning the anatomy of the nebulous, far-reaching black market that has caused countless deaths and injuries around the world. He has undertaken field research on fake medicines using handheld spectrometers and laboratory research using basic and sophisticated techniques. He has studied the laws and economics affecting the medicine trade and has published widely in the peer-reviewed scientific, legal and economic literature, including in leading journals such as The Lancet, The Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the Malaria Journal. He has published nearly one hundred articles on the topic in popular media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

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