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IPSF World Congress in Taiwan

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IPSF World Congress in Taiwan


Fight The Fakes partner International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation will meet in Taiwan on July 31st for their annual World Congress. The 10 days event will include conferences, training sessions and learning visits  for young pharmacists who will lead the pharmacy of tomorrow. The congress provides them an excellent opportunity to share national academic and professional experiences, as well as good practices in the fields of health policies, regulation of supply chain and patients’ needs. All over the world, pharmacists play a key role in fighting against fake medicines and protecting patients from the harm.

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) was founded in 1949 by eight national pharmacy student associations in London. Ever since, the Federation has grown to represent over 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in over 70 countries worldwide. IPSF is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-religious organisation.

 

Check out the event’s detailed programme here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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