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UCL School of Pharmacy participates in the BPSA Conference in London

University College London School of Pharmacy (UCL SOP) |

On Saturday 11th March our partners at the UCL School of Pharmacy were among those teaching the next generation of pharmacists how to stop fake medicines in their tracks. The students from the South of England had assembled at the UCL School of Pharmacy to discuss cardiology, and recorded their activity by tweeting with the hashtag BPSAconference.

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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