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BBC Counterfeit drugs: ‘People are dying every day’

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BBC Counterfeit drugs: ‘People are dying every day’


This week the BBC published an article on combating fake medicines in Africa. With fake anti-malarial medicines killing thousands a year, the article not only highlights the devastating effects of fake medicines, it also includes the work of innovative start-ups using technology to combat the problem. From invisible printing to SMS alerts, these are just a few of the ways start-ups are trying to uncover fake drugs and ensure patients are taking the correct medication. Featuring quotes from some of our partners, it’s great to see such an important and challenging issue reach mainstream media.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

36% of #anti-malarial drugs in #SoutheastAsia are #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, Operation #Biyela seized 550 million doses of illicit medicine in #Africa

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting