Over 80 million dollars' worth of counterfeit pharmaceuticals were seized over a three-day period last July in several African ports at the close of an international customs operation. A significant portion of those drugs simply did not contain any active ingredients. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals have taken on industrial proportions. Counterfeiters will even go so far as to imitate the holograms that appear on drug packaging. These imitations, which often wind up in the official pharmaceutical network, pose a major threat to a vulnerable population and cost the pharmaceutical industry a tremendous amount of money.