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Drug counterfeiting has increased significantly in Latin America in recent years. This new Latin America perception study by Sanofi was conducted in December 2016 and is based on the responses of over 7,000 individuals from Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Colombia. The purpose of the questions asked is to understand the level of awareness and perception of Latin Americans of the phenomenon of drug counterfeiting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

#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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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