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Interpol deal to combat fake drugs

12 March 2013 Last updated at 21:27 GMT

The International Police Agency, Interpol, has announced a deal with the pharmaceutical industry to crack down on fake drugs.

Twenty nine of the world's biggest drug companies will provide 4.5m euros ($5.9m; £3.9m) in the next three years to help the response to the problem.

"A global effort is needed to combat this threat," Interpol said.

The agency added that the lives of millions of people were put at risk every day because of it.

Tom Esslemont reports.