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Mexico is already seeing black market or fake versions of molnupiravir circulating for sale, just a week after authorities approved the drug to treat those at risk of severe COVID-19

MEXICO CITY — Mexico said Friday it is already seeing black market or fake versions of molnupiravir circulating for sale, just a week after authorities approved the drug to treat people at risk of severe COVID-19.

The Mexican government last week approved Merck’s molnupiravir for use in adults with COVID-19 who are “at high risk of complications.” On Friday, the agency approved a second pill, Paxlovid, from Pfizer, for use on adult patients “at risk of complications”.

Mexico has long been plagued by counterfeit drugs, corruption in the regulatory agency, and a penchant for self-medication due to the country’s inadequate healthcare infrastructure.

Mexico is testing so little that, while confirmed COVID-19 deaths hover around 300,000, a government review of death certificates puts the true toll at around 460,000.


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