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Don’t buy drugs in illegal pharmacies

Drugs in a chemist. Nairobi pharmacies reap Sh4,000 to Sh20,000 a day in profits, and for some, up to Sh50,000. PHOTO | FILE
Drugs in a chemist. Nairobi pharmacies reap Sh4,000 to Sh20,000 a day in profits, and for some, up to Sh50,000. PHOTO | FILE 

As city dwellers head upcountry this month, and our small towns and villages swell, an extra cause of death lurks for some in unregistered pharmacies peddling sometimes fake drugs.

For some of our travellers this August will get sick, and woe betide those who get caught in a net of our own making in supporting illegitimate pharmacies.

As it is, the simplest antibiotic can transform the course of an infection, arresting it before it moves to a full infection of the blood, and death.

But replace it with a fake pressed pill empty of any active ingredient and any patient is left behind by a century, battling disease without medicine.