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PharmaSecure Joins as Partner of Fight the Fakes!

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PharmaSecure Joins as Partner of Fight the Fakes!


We are proud to announce PharmaSecure as a Partner of the Fight the Fakes campaign!

PharmaSecure provides technology-enabled solutions that help pharmaceutical companies prevent counterfeiting of their medicines and improve health outcomes in emerging markets through customized patient engagement programs. Its solutions enable patients and consumers to verify the authenticity of their medicines through the use of an SMS, mobile app or internet website.

“PharmaSecure is excited to be partnering with Fight the Fakes to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines. Fake medicines are a dangerous and deadly industry, particularly in emerging markets, that put patients and the general public at risk. Increasing awareness and empowering consumers to identify fake medicines is integral to combating this threat to public health,” said Nakul Pasricha, CEO of PharmaSecure.

PharmaSecure is very active in India, Nigeria and Pakistan, working with some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the region to help prevent counterfeit medicines and comply with global regulatory serialization requirements. To date, PharmaSecure has provided IDs to more than 1.8B packages around the world and serves more than 15,000 patients daily through its patient engagement platform which has been proven to increase adherence rates to medicine treatments up to 60%.

PharmaSecure works with a number of partners in its mission to improve public health outcomes through technology based solutions including USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Grand Challenges in TB Control Grant and the Stop TB Partnership. Click here to learn more.

You can also read PharmaSecure press release and blog-post about joining the campaign!

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

.@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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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