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“All you need to know about Spurious Medicines”, A Guidebook

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“All you need to know about Spurious Medicines”, A Guidebook


The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), in cooperation with the Indian Pharmaceutical Association, has developed a handbook for healthcare professionals entitled “All you need to know about spurious medicines”, which contains tips on preventing and detecting counterfeit medicines as well as advice on how to minimise the threat and change behaviours.

Launched as part of the WHPA campaign on March 30th, 205 in New Delhi, the handbook aims to raise awareness and develop competencies of healthcare professionals in the prevention of spurious medicines in the supply chain, their detection and their ability to communicate this issue to patients and key partners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting