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Postby daaswampman » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:44 pm

Venezuela's chronic shortages give rise to 'medical flea markets'

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By Anggy Polanco and Isaac Urrutia

SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's critical medicine shortage has spurred "medical flea markets," where peddlers offer everything from antibiotics to contraceptives laid out among the traditional fruits and vegetables.

The crisis-wrought Latin American nation is heaving under worsening scarcity of drugs, as well as basic foods, due to tanking national production and strict currency controls that crimp imports.

The local pharmaceutical association estimates at any given time, there is a shortage of around 85 percent of drugs.

Sick Venezuelans often scour pharmacies and send pleas on social media to find treatment. Increasingly, however, they are turning to a flourishing black market offering medicines surreptitiously bought from Venezuelan hospitals or smuggled in from neighboring Colombia.

"Here I can find the vitamins I need for my memory," said 56-year-old Marisol Salas, who suffered a stroke, as she bought the pills at a small stand at the main bus terminal in the Andean city of San Cristobal.

Around her, Venezuelans asked sellers for medicine to control blood pressure as well as birth control pills.

"People are looking for anticonvulsants a lot recently," said Antuam Lopez, 30, who sells medicine alongside vegetables, and said hospital employees usually provide him with the drugs.

Leftist President Nicolas Maduro says resellers are in league with a U.S.-led conspiracy to sabotage socialism and are to blame for medicine shortages.

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In the middle of a market in the humid and sweltering city of Maracaibo, dozens of boxes full of medicines including antibiotics and pain killers are stacked on top of each other. The packaging is visibly deteriorated: The cases are discolored and some are even dirty.

Doctors warn these drugs -- usually smuggled in from Colombia, a few hours' drive from Maracaibo -- pose risks.

"We've found that a lot of them have not been maintained at proper temperatures," warned oncologist Jose Oberto, who leads the Zulia state's doctors association.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/venezuelas-c ... soc_trk=ma

Black Market Medications are More Common Than you Think

https://zaggocare.org/black-markets-med ... you-think/

Pill presses for counterfeit drugs seized in record numbers

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/17/health/pi ... index.html

Counterfeit Drugs and Fake Medicine Statistics

http://www.havocscope.com/tag/counterfeit-drugs/
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Re: 'medical flea markets'

Postby ForwardPreppers » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:08 pm

I, too, read that original article the other day. My first observation was how do they know that what they're buying is the real medicine. I would be terrified to take that medicine sold at the flea market. But I guess people will get to the point of willing to take the risk. Holy cow is that dangerous!

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Re: 'medical flea markets'

Postby John Galt 1 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:37 pm

Scary...
We do keep some meds in the chest freezer but always go to the doctor instead of using them. They are for a true emergency only.
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Re: 'medical flea markets'

Postby Illini Warrior » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:37 pm

yep, everyone knows that devil anti-socialist Obammy was behind the Venezuela's decline - always the true Red, White and Blue US Patriot ...
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Re: 'medical flea markets'

Postby NJMike » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:36 am

This topic had me looking at my current reference materials. The drug identification handbooks I have are a bit dated, and I confirmed some of the images are not up to date by comparing with a prescription or two. Thus I'm adding to the medical reference collection now with some newer handbooks. I'm not going to throw away an old handbook though. In dire straits, there might be some old medications around that aren't identified in the newer books. Could be something needed, or could be something to flag as expired/ineffective when looking at alternatives.

Truly well done counterfeit drugs would be a problem though.
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Re: 'medical flea markets'

Postby woodchipper518 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:09 pm

John Galt 1 wrote:Scary...
We do keep some meds in the chest freezer but always go to the doctor instead of using them. They are for a true emergency only.


I do the same except I rotate new meds into my stash and take the older ones. I try to steer my MDs prescriptions to match my inventory.
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Re: 'medical flea markets'

Postby woodchipper518 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:15 pm

John Galt 1 wrote:Scary...
We do keep some meds in the chest freezer but always go to the doctor instead of using them. They are for a true emergency only.


I do the same except I rotate new meds into my stash and take the older ones. I try to steer my MDs prescriptions to match my inventory.
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