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WHA69: Empowering People in the Fight against Fake Medicines

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WHA69: Empowering People in the Fight against Fake Medicines


Fight the Fakes partners the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) hosted on 27 May an event at the 69th annual World Health Assembly (WHA69).

The event was made up of a panel discussion with speakers from IPSF, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and the Tanzanian Food and Drugs Authority, and moderated by Catherine Fiankan Bokonga. See speaker biographies here. Interventions were made from the floor from Fight the Fakes partner the University College London School of Pharmacy, the Ministries of Health of Nigeria and Senegal, and the World Health Organization secretariat.

Fight the Fakes thanks all participants and attendees for taking part in such a fruitful discussion. Here some highlights.

 

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

36% of #anti-malarial drugs in #SoutheastAsia 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

#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

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

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

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

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