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The risk of buying medicines online

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Ever wondered what to look out for when buying a medicine online?

Our partner the International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM) is relaunching its 12 Golden Rules campaign. The campaign aims to protect the health of patients and the wider public by providing practical advice on how to buy medicines safely online.

In this video Tony and Max discuss buying slimming pills from a website. Watch to find out what happens!

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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