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Off to Go Global Expo 2015

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) |

Off to Go Global Expo 2015
Photo Credits: Glo Global Expo 2015

Our partner International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) is bringing Fight the Fakes to Go Global Expo 2015 on the 19-20 September in Toronto. The event brings together thousands of people eager to pursue meaningful opportunities abroad—to travel, to study, to volunteering or to work—so it’s a great chance to share with people how to steer clear from the danger of fake medicines. Pack your things and join us!

Visit the website event here. Here are some travel tips on how to avoid fake medicines for malaria via the US CDC.

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally