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Global Pharma Health Fund joins as Partner of Fight the Fakes

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Global Pharma Health Fund joins as Partner of Fight the Fakes
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We are proud to announce the Global Pharma Health Fund (GPHF) as a new Partner of the Fight the Fakes Campaign!

GPHF is a charitable organisation that works within international development assistance to improve healthcare and detect counterfeit medicines using the GPHF-Minilab™. GPHF-Minilab™ is a mobile laboratory for rapid drug verification that enables health facilities responsible for drug purchase, storage and distribution to protect themselves and patients against the danger of counterfeit medicines consumption.

GPHF-Minilab™ is used in over 80 countries— primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where counterfeit medicines are most prevalent— protecting the health of millions of people.

To learn more about GPHF projects, trainings and partners, visit their website.

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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