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14th Conference of International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)

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14th Conference of International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
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This week hundreds of experts and professionals dedicated to the advancement of the specialty of travel medicine gather in Québec City, Canada, for the 14th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM).

Our partner the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) is at the conference, sharing its experience in making the world safer for travel, and doing its part to raise awareness among conference attendees about the dangers of fake medicines. Health professionals, particularly those working in travel medicine, are instrumental to teaching the public how to ensure they are receiving genuine and quality medicines, no matter what country they are in.

For more information about the conference, visit its website here and follow the conversation on Twitter using #CISTM14.

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

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

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

#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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

Up to 30% of medicines in developing countries are #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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