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The threat of drug resistant malaria

Malaria Consortium |

The spread of drug resistant strains of the malaria parasite in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia is a growing global issue, which threatens to undermine the great progress made in tackling the disease over the last decade. This is a threat that requires each person exposed to malaria is treated, protected and educated, and also requires the eradication of poor quality and fake medicines as well as investment in new medicines.

Watch our partner Malaria Consortium’s short animated film to learn more about the problem, the solutions available to us, and the international action needed to counter this threat. Visit their website to learn more.

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#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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