Fight The Fakes

Speak up about fake medicines.

Campaign Updates

Meet the #AllFake Family!

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When you buy medicines from online sellers, what could you end up with? In many cases, fake medicines!

We’re excited to announce the launch of “It’s all fake”, a campaign from the International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM) to share with people the dangers of buying medicines off of the internet. Always source your medicines from licensed providers.

All countries are targeted by unscrupulous traffickers who sell medicines at very attractive prices on the internet. But remember – the contents of these products are unknown, and many can cause serious damage to your health. Learn more by visiting IRACM’s website.

Here the video in French and IRACM’s campaign for France: Le faux médicament, késako?

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