Dutch doctors unveil medical fraud in Bangladesh

24th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Hundreds of patients in Bangladesh suffering from Leishmaniasis were treated with fake medicine, say two Dutch doctors.

24 September 2008

THE NETHERLANDS -- Hundreds of patients in Bangladesh were treated with fake medicine, said two Dutch doctors who were researching into the medicine Miltefosine used to treat the infectious disease Leishmaniasis.

The two doctors from Amsterdam's Slotervaart Hospital said patients suffering from visceral Leishmaniasis, or black fever, were supposedly treated with miltefosine, an oral medicine.

Leishmaniasis is spread by the sand fly and, after malaria, is the world's second worst parasitic killer.

However, when the two doctors analysed the tablets they could find no trace of the medicine.

The newspaper De Telegraaf writes that the doctors, who believe the fake medicines were provided by a local manufacturer, informed the Bangladeshi authorities. The patients later received proper treatment.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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