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12 Golden Rules to Avoid Fake Medicines Online

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IRACM's 12 Golden Rules

12 Golden Rules to Avoid Fake Medicines Online
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Before buying medicines online, you might find yourself thinking:

  • Is it legal to buy medicines online in my country?
  • Is there a label that authenticates legitimate online pharmacies?
  • When buying medicines on the internet, can I speak with a pharmacist?

To answer your questions, our partner IRACM shares its 12 Golden Rules for buying medicines online. You can download them by clicking on the file above. Read it back to front and you’ll be much better prepared to avoid dangerous fakes!

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2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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