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Off to Go Global Expo 2015

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

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

#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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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