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Waging war against dodgy drugs

The manufacture and distribution of fake medicine is big business in South-east Asia, but technology is helping to keep it in check

Hunched on his bed by the entrance to his family home, Mr Than Htay grasps the edge of a mattress. It takes him several minutes to put on his glasses, and then some more to think.

The 67-year-old former businessman is battling Parkinson's disease, but it was bad medicine that almost killed him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2019, with the headline 'Waging war against dodgy drugs '. Print Edition | Subscribe