The World Health Organization says up to 30 percent of the medicine sold in Africa is fake. It says such drugs are readily available on street corners and even some pharmacies. Health officials say counterfeit pharmaceuticals are killing thousands and making it harder to treat infections. Phuong Tran has more from VOA's West Africa bureau in Dakar.

At this market in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, tables are piled high with boxes of medication. The market is effectively an unofficial pharmacy. The vendor says he knows selling drugs in the market is illegal, but is not worried about getting caught.

By Phuong Tran
19 October 2007

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