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Medicrime Convention

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Medicrime Convention


Now that France has ratified the Medicrime Convention, the International Institute for Research against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM), the only international entity entirely dedicated to combatting counterfeit healthcare products, appealed to all the countries that signed it to rally together and implement this convention as soon as possible, thereby protecting all populations from this scourge that affects 10% of medicines sold worldwide. Click here to read the full press release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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