Consider the following statements about Meldonium, a drug, which was frequently making news:
- It is a newly discovered drug for treatment of people suffering from malaria.
- At present, it is manufactured only in Nigeria and is distributed only in West African nations.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
First statement is incorrect because Meldonium is used to increase the blood flow to parts of the body or treatment of ischemia (oxygen deficiency in tissues).
Second statement is incorrect because it is manufactured in Latvia and only distributed in Baltic countries and Russia. The drug was making news after Maria Sharapova (Russian tennis player) was tested positive for the drug, which was banned by World Anti-Doping Agency’s on January 1, 2016.
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