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Is it safe to buy medicines online?

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) |

ASOP General Brochure

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It may seem like everyone is shopping online, but buying prescription medicines online has never been riskier!

There are more than 35,000 online pharmacies at any given time, but only 1,400 of those sites are safe and legal. This means you can’t trust 96% of them!

Read ASOP’s brochure on  the dangers of buying medicines online and how to verify your online pharmacy.

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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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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