Fight The Fakes

Speak up about fake medicines.

Campaign Updates

New campaign to protect seniors from online illegal pharmacies

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) |

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and National Consumers League (NCL) are joining forces to educate seniors and their caregivers about the health and financial risks associated with buying prescription medicines from illegal or rogue online pharmacies, and to provide them with the tools they need to stay safe when shopping for prescription drugs online.

Learn more out their campaign here and discover their new infographic below!

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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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

60% of all spam offers medicine- its an inexpensive way for #counterfeiters to target you with #fakemeds.

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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