Health

Watch where you purchase your medications

Valerie Hohman
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“It’s been an exciting week,” my friend exclaimed her second week in Delhi, “Not only did I sprain my ankle, I also visited the emergency room when the skin on my arms turned black and started to peel.” It turns out that she had a severe allergic reaction to a component of the painkiller prescribed for her sprained ankle. Hers is a dramatic example of why you need to watch out for counterfeit and contaminated pharmaceuticals in India. The best ways to combat this problem are to carry your own supply of prescription medications from home and to visit reputable pharmacists when you need something in-country. Apollo Pharmacies have a good reputation and branches across India. In Delhi, Max Health Centers offer another good alternative.

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