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Medicrime Convention to enter into force 01/01/2016

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Medicrime Convention to enter into force 01/01/2016
Medicrime Infographic

Great news for the fight against fake medicines!

The Convention against counterfeiting of medicines and devices – Medicrime – officially enters into force in January 2016.

With 23 signatories and 5 ratifying countries, the latest Guinea on 24th September 2015, the text promoted by the Council of Europe (COE) now becomes the first international legal treaty to protect patients from the threat of fake medicines.

It is great to see the severity of the production and distribution of fake medicines recognized at global level, with this new tool to support national health and law enforcement authorities. The treaty is open for signature by all countries in the world.

Fight the Fakes campaign congratulates Guinea, and welcomes that ratification of the Medicrime Convention.

For more info, visit the COE’s website here. Join us on Twitter & Facebook to spread the word using #Medicrime.

Infographic available in English and in French.

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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