#Fakemeds can contain no active ingredients at all – a direct threat to patients that need treatment
Each year millions of people die through consuming counterfeit medicines.
In May 2014 9.6 million fake and illicit medicines were detected within an Interpol operation. Counterfeit medications are no longer uniquely an issue within developing countries; as through increasing online trade, more developed nations are affected as well. As such, it is important that we are all aware about the potential risk to our health caused by taking medication from an unknown origin.
The Anti- Counterfeit Drugs Campaign (ACDC) of Fight the Fakes partner the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) has developed Project X, to raise awareness on the issue of fake medicines, particularly as it relates to students.
The campaign has created a survey on medicine misuse, checking for the most common drugs used by students during their studies, and the side-effects presented. ACDC has also developed its own Facebook page, where it shares some pictures, facts, and materials created to provide information on the issues of fake medicine
For the survey, click here.
For the Facebook page, click here.