Deadly Deception: The Devastating Impact of Counterfeit Medicines in Africa

Counterfeit medicines are a grave problem across Africa, estimated to cause a staggering 500 000 deaths annually. These fake medicines may be contaminated or contain the wrong dose of active or even no active ingredient at all. It is estimated that counterfeit drugs make up around 10-30% of the pharmaceutical market in developing countries.

At Shalina Healthcare, we are deeply concerned by the threat of counterfeit medicines and are committed to safeguarding the well-being of our customers. We actively collaborate with governments, health authorities, and law enforcement agencies to fight the spread of counterfeit medicines. We employ various strategies globally to combat this issue and protect consumers.

We work closely with customs officials and surveillance agencies to identify and subsequently raid fake medicine producers and/or distributors. We take legal action against fake medicine manufacturers and distributors to dismantle counterfeit networks and protect consumers.

We have partnered with Sproxil, a leading provider of anti-counterfeit solutions, to introduce anti-counterfeit stickers on our most popular brands, particularly in the anti-infectives and anti-malarial categories. These stickers are difficult to replicate and allow customers and distributors to easily verify the authenticity of our medicines by scanning a unique code.

Lastly, one of the best ways to beat counterfeit medicines is through education. Hence, we continue our efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of counterfeit drugs and educate the public on how to identify genuine medicines.

We will continue to remain vigilant and proactive in defending our brand and the safety of the African population. Together, we can make a difference and ensure access to safe, reliable, and high-quality healthcare for all.


Our Jejuri factory was audited and approved by Food & Drugs Authority, Ghana in 2009. Our initial operations in Ghana were limited to an import and re-export hub in Tema Free Trade Zone to service Ghana and other West African Countries.
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