Fight The Fakes

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True story of buying fake medicines online

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Counterfeit Pharmacy PSA from 3 DOCs on Vimeo.

Ally new exactly what treatment she needed, and had a prescription from her doctor, so she bought her medicines online. But for some reason, the medicine didn’t seem to be working. In fact, it was making her feel worse.

Watch a Crimestoppers interview with Ally on why buying your medicines from a licensed and certified pharmacy is so important, online or in person.

Trust your instincts! If you use your medicines regularly, always pay attention to taste and smell and note abnormalities. For more recommendations on how to avoid buying fake medicines online, see our Fight the Fakes infographic and the 12 Golden Rules of the International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM).

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

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

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

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

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

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

.@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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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