According to the CDC, 10%-30% of medicines sold in developing countries are counterfeit. What are the dangers with counterfeit medicines? They may be made with ineffective or harmful ingredients since they have not been tested and approved for sale.

If you’re in a bind and in need of medicine while traveling in a developing country, watch out for counterfeit drugs with untested ingredients that can compromise your health. Reduce your chances of picking up a counterfeit drug by following these rules.

1. Only shop in licensed pharmacies, not open markets. You’re significantly less likely to find something counterfeit in a legitimate licensed facility.

2. Check our list with the drugs available in the pharmacy and make sure that the equivalent in the developing country has the same active ingredient as the one you are looking for.

3. Check the label. IF you notice poor-quality printing or suspect packaging, beware.

4. Make sure the drug hasn’t been tampered with, and is in its original packaging. Check for broken seals and removed foil caps.

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