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USAID Extends Promoting the Quality of Medicines Programme

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USAID Extends Promoting the Quality of Medicines Programme


Fight the Fakes Partner USP has announced their continued partnership with USAID, Promoting Quality Medicines (PQM), through September 2019.  The PQM programme provides technical assistance to countries without national regulation of medicines to combat the availability of counterfeit drugs. This initiative promotes the introduction of new technologies, such as Pharmacheck, to detect fake medicines before they reach patients. USP’s CEO Roger L. Williams states that the programme works towards sustainable solutions in-country, allowing developing nations to “take full ownership of their medicines quality assurance programs.”

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

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

#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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally