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La Convention Médicrime

IRACM |

A l’occasion de l’entrée en vigueur de la Convention Médicrime en France, l’IRACM appelle tous les pays signataires à la ratifier au plus vite.  Face à la menace croissante que représentent les faux médicaments, en particulier avec le développement de la vente sur internet, la ratification de la convention Médicrime permet aux Etats de disposer d’un instrument juridique contraignant pour mieux lutter, et coopérer entre eux, contre les faux produits de santé et les infractions menaçant la santé publique. Pour en savoir plus, lisez la communiqué de presse 

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting