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About 30 percent of all medicines sold in Africa are counterfeit.

Counterfeit medicines are one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries, ranking first among the list of counterfeit products in 2011. 

Recent studies suggest that counterfeit drug sales have increased more than 90 percent between 2005 and 2010, creating revenue of more than R746 trillion.

One in 10 drugs around the world is counterfeit, and this statistic can reach seven in 10 in developing countries. However, the majority of the world’s population seems not worry about the possibility that they might be buying fake medicine.

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