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Trick or Treat (ment)?

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EAASM - ASOP EU Newsletter July 2015

Trick or Treat (ment)?
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What drives comsumers in the EU into buying medicines online?

How are EU countries winning and losing in the fight against fake medicines?

Does the public know of the new European Commission logo that certifies online medicines sellers as safe and genuine?

“Trick or Treat(ment)”  is a set of guidelines for safe online purchases of medicinal products in the EU, presented at Fakecare/Fakeshare conferences this spring in Rome.  These meetings see leading experts across industries sharing the best tools to communicate on the dangers of buying fake medicines.

For more information, read the full EAASM – ASOP EU – July 2015 Newsletter  or visit the ASOP EU Website

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123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting