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Online pharmacies – a threat to the uninformed consumer

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) |

Medicines sold online can present a threat to patients. It is therefore important to be informed about the risks of buying online and the consequences of  taking fake medicine. In the best case, the latter ones do not have any effect; in the worst, the ingredients may be dangerous and cause serious harm.

Check out ASOP Online Pharmacies infographics to learn more about staying safe online.

 

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

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#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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