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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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