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Survey of 5 European countries shows low awareness of fake medicines

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Europeans and Counterfeit Medicines

Worldwide Counterfeiting Infographic

Survey of 5 European countries shows low awareness of fake medicines


According to the survey conducted by happycurious for Sanofi, only 20% of Europeans associate counterfeiting with medicines. 77% of European consumers say they have not been adequately informed or are ignorant on the subject of fake medicines.

This lack of awareness about fake medicines exists despite the following facts:

  • 1 in 10 drugs sold worldwide are counterfeit; this figure reaches above 40% in some countries.
  • In 2013, 99 countries collaborated on Operation Pangea VI to fight against illegal online pharmacies. It resulted in the closure of 13,700 websites and the seizure of more than 10 million drugs worth a total of $36 million.
  • The profits yielded by counterfeit medicines  are greater than those derived from illicit drug trafficking.

For more information, download the happycurious survey above and the worldwide counterfeiting infographic, or visit Sanofi’s website.

Think results are better in Europe or in east Asia? Clink on the hyperlinks to know more or check how the three studies have been compared here.

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