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UCL Fight the Fakes & CPA event on Global Impact of Substandard and Falsified Medicines

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UCL Fight the Fakes & CPA event on Global Impact of Substandard and Falsified Medicines


On 16 March Fight the Fakes partners UCL School of Pharmacy and Commonwealth Pharmacist Association (CPA) hosted a panel discussion about the global impacts of substandard and falsified medicines. With the support of global Fight the Fakes partners the panel focused on “Detecting and reporting Falsified Medicines: Building a Culture that Promotes Rapid Exchange of Information”. The session was followed by a Q&A session. In case you missed it you can check the livestream here.

The event was chaired by Oksana Pyzik, Senior Teaching Fellow and Global Engagement Coordinator at the UCL School of Pharmacy and moderated by SCRIP journalist Eleanor Malone. The  experts speaking that spoke at the event were:

  • Dr HRH Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director, RASIT
  • Michael Deats, Group Lead SAV Team from World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Bernard Naughton, Clinical Pharmacist from Oxford University
  • Mike Isles, Executive Director, ASOP EU
  • Lynda Scammell, Senior Policy Manager, MHRA

It was such a successful event! To see how it rolled our you can look for the hashtag #UCLFakeMedsPanel on Twitter.

Here are some examples:

 

 

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

.@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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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