The price of hydroxychloroquine skyrockets in sub sahara African countries amid COVID 19.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there have been claims that hydroxychloroquine can help in preventing and treatment the deadly virus, and since it’s been a valuable object that is trafficked.
Chloroquine is well known in Africa and was one of the most widely prescribed anti-malaria drugs until the 1980s.
Hydroxychloroquine has been safely prescribed hundreds of millions of times since the FDA approved it 65 years ago.
CDC says it can be "safely taken by pregnant women and children".
WHO calls it an essential medicine.
Why is the media all of a sudden claiming it’s dangerous? pic.twitter.com/1XSZvFaoxI
— Dr. Simone Gold (@drsimonegold) August 5, 2020
But it is no longer authorised on the continent by the WHO.
However, attempts are made to produce the drug locally, highlighting the flaws of the drug market in West Africa.
In Nigeria, chloroquine in a 250 mg dosage can be sold, and prices have soared in the last four months.
A packet of 60 tablets has gone from $8 to $194 in pharmacies.
The price of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine has skyrocketed in Nigeria, according to the government's consumer protection body. https://t.co/eojYyinXnk
— The African Heralds (@AfricanHeralds) August 6, 2020
Despite the legal battle on illicit drugs in the sub-region, the traffic is on the increase.
In Cameroon, a network of counterfeit chloroquine manufacturers were arrested in Bafoussam in March 2020.
Several were recently seized in Niger, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire.
#Covid19: #Counterfeit drugs on the rise in Africa#NewsRecap // The coronavirus pandemic could lead to a dramatic increase in counterfeit pharmaceuticals in #Africa. The number of fakes seized has already increased considerably: https://t.co/MkFaf9t08E#anticounterfeiting pic.twitter.com/KOXaewage5
— Anti-Piracy Analyst (@APAnalyst) August 5, 2020