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Mobile Verification of Medicines comes to Saudi Arabia

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Mobile Verification of Medicines comes to Saudi Arabia
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Our partner Sproxil has established a partnership with Mobile Health Management Company (mHealth) to bring Sproxil’s Mobile Product Authentication (MPA) technology to the Saudi Arabia. MPA is offered free of cost to help consumers differentiate between fake and genuine medicines with a single text message. See how MPA works here.

This new agreement offers a timely step forward following growing concerns over the influx of fake medicines in Gulf States.

See the press report here.

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Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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