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Fight the Fakes at World Health Assembly 69

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Fight the Fakes at World Health Assembly 69


Fight the Fakes is pleased to announce an event at the 69th World Health Assembly (23-28 May 2016). The event, co-organized by the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), will take place on Friday 27, May in the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations, the Palais des Nations.

Invited speakers will address the importance of awareness raising to empower people in the fight against fake medicines.

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2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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