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Are counterfeit or substandard anti-malarial drugs a concern?

Yes, counterfeit or substandard drugs can be an issue in malaria-endemic countries. These fake drugs may look like the brand drug or even be packaged to look like the more expensive medication, but they may not have active ingredients or may be expired. For the anti-malarial drug artesunate, it has been found that a large percentage of the counterfeit or substandard copies did not actually contain any artesunate. World travelers who are going to countries where malaria is a health concern should buy their medications before traveling, and bring them on the trip.

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