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Fake Malaria Drugs Kill

Dutch Malaria Foundation |

Want to do more to support the fight against fake malaria medicines? Sign the Juma Petition!

Our partner, the Dutch Malaria Foundation, is calling on the intervention of national governments to tackle fake medicines at the source and keep them out of the legitimate medicine supply chain and out of the hands of unsuspecting patients in Africa. Watch their video to learn how fake medicines prey primarily on women and children, but still hold implications for the health and safety of entire communities.

Many African countries are making an effort to restrict the sale of fake drugs. They cannot win this war alone.

Click here to sign the petition.

 

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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