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Mobile App Service for Africa Joins as a Partner of Fight the Fakes

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Mobile App Service for Africa Joins as a Partner of Fight the Fakes
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We are proud to announce Mobilium Global as a new partner of the Fight the Fakes campaign!

Mobilium’s app “Smart Health Africa” provides mhealth solutions for African mobile subscribers in order to promote healthy behaviours.

Fake medicines can account for over 30% of the drugs in circulation in some African countries. Empowering people with important information about fake medicines so that they may protect themselves and their loved ones from these dangerous products, Mobilium and Fight the Fakes are teaming up to provide facts on fake medicines and recommendations on how to stay safe– free and readily available on a mobile phone.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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