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Speaking up about fake medicines on US college campuses

University College London School of Pharmacy (UCL SOP) |

This week Fight the Fakes partner the University College London School of Pharmacy was at University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Harvard University, speaking with students, faculty and campus visitors about the dangers of fake medicines.

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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