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Is your destination in a malaria risk area?
Photo Credits: IAMAT

Today on World Malaria Day, Fight the Fakes partner the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) updates its  World Malaria Risk Chart and How to Protect Yourself Against Malaria Whitepaper. The Chart outlines risk areas around the world, including regions affected by anti-malarial drug resistance. Both documents mention the risk of counterfeit anti-malarial medications.

See the World Malaria Risk Chart here.

How to Protect Yourself Against Malaria here.

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Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

#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

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