PARIS - Developing countries including Thailadn are awash in fake or sub-standard drugs for tuberculosis, fuelling the rise of treatment-resistant strains of TB, according to a survey published on Tuesday.
Investigators in the United States asked local people in Bangkok and 18 other cities in 17 countries to purchase isoniazid and rifampicin, the frontline antibiotics for TB, from a private-sector pharmacy.
The samples were then examined by chromatography, a technique that detects chemical signature, for their active ingredient.
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