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Speaking Up about Fake Medicines: Year Two

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Speaking Up about Fake Medicines: Year Two
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Today we are proud to celebrate the second anniversary of Fight the Fakes campaign!

Fight the Fakes works to raise awareness of the dangers of fake medicines, sharing the stories of those who have been impacted by fake medicines and those who are working to put a stop to this crime against patients.

Fake medicines present a serious threat to global health, and can lead to further illness, disability and even death. Fake medicines also increase worldwide resistance to leading treatments for infectious diseases, reducing the potency of existing antimalarials, antibiotics and other life-saving medicines.

On its second anniversary, Fight the Fakes campaign grows to 32 partners, with three new excellent organizations joining today, representing anti-counterfeiting technology, experts in the security of medicine supply chains and academia, and strengthening our global network.

Fight the Fakes partners work together to put an end to the scourge of fake medicines at the global level and across the entire medicines supply-chain.

Fight the Fakes campaign has come a long way these past two years, and we are really happy to celebrate its second anniversary with our supporters and followers. Thank you all for joining us in speaking up and spreading the word about fake medicines!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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