Africa struggles to stem deadly flood of fake medicine

Since 2013, Africa has made up 42 percent of the fake medicine seized worldwide. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The two drugs most likely to be out-of-date or poor, ineffective copies are antibiotics and anti-malarials, say experts.
  • Those hawked on the streets are often a fraction of the price of what's available in more reputable pharmacies where controls are stricter.

After he was struck down by malaria and typhoid, Togolese tailor Ayawo Hievi thought he was set to recover when he started taking drugs prescribed by his doctor.

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