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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #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

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds