Fight The Fakes

Speak up about fake medicines.


Behind the Scenes Look at how a Company Identifies Fake Medicines

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Video from Sanofi shows how pharmaceutical labs can test the quality of medicines, and spot a fake. Following suspicious products sent through via customs and patient complaints, labs can check the chemical footprint of a medicine, and determine if it truly holds the right ingredients, and at the right dosage.

See Sanofi’s brochure on the “fight against counterfeit medicines” to learn more about industry initiatives to reduce the threat of counterfeit medicines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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