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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

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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