Adequate health care remains unavailable to most of India's citizens, especially in rural areas. Even those fortunate enough to have access to good care, however, cannot be certain that a prescription from a reliable doctor will ensure their recovery. VOA's Steve Herman in New Delhi explains why.

A customer – in this case, someone sent by Voice of America – complains of sleeplessness and gets a New Delhi pharmacist to hand over a packet of pills without a doctor's prescription.
In India, it is easy to get around the law requiring a prescription for most medicines. But, with or without a prescription Indians cannot be sure the drugs they buy are real, or safe.

By Steve Herman
16 May 2007

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