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Govt to dispose of 1,200 tons of expired, unwanted medicines

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Ministry of Health has embarked on a drive to dispose of expired and obsolete medicines and other health supplies from 6,619 Health facilities in Uganda, both Government owned and Private Not For Profit (PNFP).  Currently, the quantities of expired medicines all over …

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Morocco seizes more than 500 kg of cocaine

Rabat, Morocco | AFP | Moroccan authorities said Sunday they had seized nearly 541 kilos (1,200 pounds) of cocaine in a container from Latin America which arrived in Casablanca. Six people including a Brazilian suspected of being the “mastermind of a criminal network” were arrested, according to the Central Bureau …

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Tanzania clamps down on cannabis

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Tanzanian authorities have stepped up an escalating war on cannabis by destroying 14 hectares (35 acres) of the crop in the northern province of Arusha in recent days. Saturday alone saw eight hectares laid waste at the Meru forest reserve following another six acres earlier …

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Mexican minister suggests legalizing marijuana in tourist spots

Mexico City, Mexico | AFP | Mexico’s tourism minister Thursday proposed legalizing recreational marijuana use in Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo, two of the country’s most popular states for tourists. Enrique de la Madrid told journalists in Mexico City it is “absurd” that Mexico, which approved the scientific and medical …

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Fake medicines flourish in Africa despite killing thousands

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP | There’s nothing covert about Roxy — a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world’s poorest continent. Located in the bustling Adjame quarter of Ivory Coast’s main city and commercial hub, …

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US judge postpones ‘El Chapo’ trial until September

New York, United States | AFP | A US judge on Wednesday postponed until September the trial in New York of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The 60-year-old kingpin, accused of running one of the world’s biggest drug empires and who twice escaped prison in Mexico, was …

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Indonesia police make huge New Year’s Eve marijuana bust

Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Indonesian authorities have seized 1.3 tonnes of marijuana and arrested six people in a major drug bust on New Year’s Eve, police said Thursday. Authorities confiscated the drugs at a port near Lampung, on the southern tip of Sumatra island. The bricks of tightly-wrapped cannabis — …

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Treatment against blindness to sell for $850,000 in US

  New York, United States | AFP |  Luxturna, a medication against hereditary degeneration of the retina that can lead to total blindness, will be sold for $850,000 in the United States, making it one of the world’s most expensive medical treatments. It is administered in a single dose, according …

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