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“The Life of a Pill”

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“The Life of a Pill”
Photo Credits: EC- DG Health

The European Commission body for all things health, has recently launched a new campaign on medicines safety in the EU.

The campaign takes you on a journey through the life of a pill, starting from the first time medicine is tried in humans to general use for patients across the continent.

Check out the interactive website and learn everything about how medicines are approved and monitored to how fake medicines are weeded out of the supply chain.

Visit the website here.

Photo Credits: EC - DG Health

Screening Pills. Photo Credits: EC – DG Health

Photo Credits: EC - DG Health

Fake Pills. Photo Credits: EC – DG Health

 

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

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

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

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

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

In the US only 4% of online pharmacies appear to be in compliance with pharmacy laws & practice standards

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds