File - In this Thursday, July 21, 2016 file photo, residents of the Kisenso district receive yellow fever vaccines, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
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One in 10 drugs sold in developing countries is fake or substandard, leading to tens of thousands of deaths, many of them of children given ineffective treatments for pneumonia and malaria, health officials said on Tuesday.The human toll is enormous, according to a team from the University of Edinburgh, which was commissioned by the WHO to study the impact of fake drugs.They calculated that up to 72,000 deaths from childhood pneumonia could be attributed to the use of antibiotics with reduced activity, increasing to 169,000 deaths if drugs had no activity.
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