Quack pharmacists in Cambodia are fuelling the rise of drug resistant bacteria by incorrectly peddling antibiotics, a study has found.
For the first time researchers have interviewed Cambodia’s “invisible” drug sellers – those who sell from their own homes, visit customers’ houses or wander around markets or villages.
Despite recent attempts by the Cambodian government to crack down on illegal pharmacies, these sellers fly under the radar. Most do not have any qualifications that would allow them to prescribe the cocktail of drugs they give patients, the researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Health Sciences found.
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