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One Man’s Quest To Combat Counterfeit Drugs — With A Suitcase
National Public Radio

In a small house in rural Kenya, a young woman gives birth to a healthy little girl. Before anyone can celebrate, the mother starts bleeding. The woman will die soon if the bleeding doesn’t stop.

Luckily, the midwife has a drug in front of her, called oxytocin. It can easily stop the postpartum bleeding and save the women’s life. She takes the medication, but nothing happens. It doesn’t work.

This story is fictitious. But the scenario is all too common.

The problem is counterfeit drugs — medications that don’t have the active ingredient or have insufficient quantities of it to be effective. In other words, drugs that don’t work.