Fight The Fakes

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Fake Medicines are Everybody's Business

Here's Why...

Because fake medicines put patients at risk of further illness, disability or even death

Because fake medicines undermine public trust in healthcare professionals and in health systems

Because fake medicines put the health of whole communities at danger by exposing them to greater drug resistance

...Now Make It Your Business

In 2013 US authorities published warning of fake #diabetes meds—ineffective & dangerous for patients

20% of all #malaria deaths worldwide can be directly associated with the use of #fakemeds

#Fakemeds: 32% have no active ingredients, 40% have incorrect ingredients & dose, 8.5% contain dangerous contaminants

1 out of 4 counterfeit products intercepted by EU customs in 2011 were #fakemeds

India may have as much as 12-25% of their supply contaminated with substandard and #fakemeds

700,000 people die because of #fakemeds to treat #malaria & #TB each year

1 medicine in 2 purchased on internet sites that conceal their physical address is a #fakemed

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

Up to 30% of medicines in developing countries are #fakemeds

Criminals trafficking #fakemeds make profits 10x more than those trafficking illicit drugs

More than 50% of medicine sold worldwide from illegal online sources are #fakemeds

From antibiotics to pain relievers, more than 500 versions of fake #pharmaceutical products are circulating #fakemeds

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

.@UNODC estimates the market value of fake #antimalarials at over US$400mil in west Africa alone

On internet sites that conceal their physical address 50% of the drugs are #fakemeds

In 2013 1.2 million sachets of #fakemeds were seized in Le Havre, France. The biggest seizure in the #EU

36% of #anti-malarial drugs in #SoutheastAsia are #fakemeds

#Fakemeds seized in Le Havre in May 2013 were hidden in sachets of tea

.@INTERPO_HQ L Operation #PangeaVI seized 9.8 million illegal & counterfeit drugs #fakemeds

Decades of fighting #malaria could be put at risk by #fakemeds on the market

#Fakemeds can contain no active ingredients at all – a direct threat to patients that need treatment

In 2013, Operation #Biyela seized 550 million doses of illicit medicine in #Africa

Poisons found in #fakemeds include mercury, rat poison, boric acid, paint & antifreeze

#Fakemeds seized during #Biyela? Antibiotics, painkillers, meds for high blood pressure & diabetes

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

In the US only 4% of online pharmacies appear to be in compliance with pharmacy laws & practice standards

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

60% of all spam offers medicine- its an inexpensive way for #counterfeiters to target you with #fakemeds.

NIH 2012 study of 7 countries in southeast Asia reveals that 36% of #antimalarials are #fakemeds

#fakemeds are 10% to 30% of global medicine: less than 1% in some countries, +30% in parts of Africa Asia & Latin America

30% of countries have little or no regulation to effectively combat #fakemeds

Every therapeutic class of pharmaceutical product has been the subject of #counterfeiting

#fakemeds could be up to 15% of medicines in circulation worldwide

#DidYouKnow? Possession of #fakemeds is illegal, not just production or sale

Up to 40% of the drug supply of some countries in Africa could be #fakemeds

Of the 1mil deaths per year due to #malaria, 200,000 could be avoided if patients weren't treated with #fakemeds

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