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Research Institute Joins as Partner of Fight the Fakes

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Research Institute Joins as Partner of Fight the Fakes
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We are proud to announce the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI) as a new partner of the Fight the Fakes campaign!

The negative impact of fake medicines is widespread and the environment of their manufacturing and distribution is complex. PSI works to protect public health and safety through the sharing of information about drug counterfeiting and through liaising with national and international organisations to gather information and intelligence on all aspects of illegal medicines.

PSI also promotes and provides training and awareness raising for law enforcement in relation to pharmaceutical crime.

For more information on PSI, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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