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Fight the Fakes partner the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy (ASOP) #BuySafeRx campaign shares with US-based consumers how to buy safe, genuine medicines online.

Visit their website for information about the secure domain name “.pharmacy” and check out thier blog on USP’s Quality Matters: Battling the Epidemic of Illegal Online Drug Sellers and Counterfeit Medicines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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