Fight The Fakes

Speak up about fake medicines.

Campaign Updates

Billboard in Times Square warns of fake medicines online

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) |

Fight the Fakes partners the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) have launched a 520ft2 billboard in Times Square, New York, warning consumers to be vigilant when purchasing medicines online.

The ad, which will run through Jan 2015, highlights that 97% of online pharmacies in the US are illegal, and do not comply with US laws and standards. Purchasing medicines from these illegitimate websites is effectively, “gambling with your life”.

Visit ASOP of CSIP for more information, and check out this infographic that illustrates the dangers of buying medicines online.

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting