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Are the Prescription Drugs You Are Taking Real, or Counterfeit? HDNet's Dan Rather Reports Investigates
Date:9/13/2010

believed to be part of a U.K. distribution ring that caused a "category one" recall of three drugs in Great Britain.

However, while Xu may be in prison, there are many others who are succeeding in flooding the medicine supply with fakes – especially in Africa.  

Dan Rather and his team also traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, and the continent's second largest economy behind South Africa. The country is battling to stem the relentless flow of fake medicine pouring over its borders from the most callous and dangerous of counterfeiting operations – big pill mills in China and elsewhere that are targeting the most helpless.

Rather explores the back alleys of a Nigerian marketplace with Dr. Paul Orhii, the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, or NAFDAC, where often times the small pharmacists are unknowingly pushing bad medicine.  

Tom Woods, a former U.S. State Department agent in Africa, and a private consultant for the makers of Truscan, a portable device used as a preliminary field test to assess the authenticity of the pills in question, warns, "It's not just Nigeria's problem. It's really becoming the world's problem because these drugs are not manufactured in large measure right here in Nigeria.  And as you follow it up the food chain, you realize that we're all becoming more vulnerable."

"Dan Rather Reports: The Mysterious Case of Kevin Xu" premieres on HDNet, Tuesday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET with an encore at 11:00 p.m. ET.

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