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World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017

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The global rise of antibiotic resistance is leading to untreatable infections which can affect anyone, anywhere, of any age. This week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week and at Fight the Fakes we’re raising awareness about the role of fake medicines.

Fake medicines can  increase the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and lead to drug resistance in life-saving medicines, for example, drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) or malaria.  If a medicine contains only a part of the correct dose, or if it is so badly made that the active ingredients are not released properly, then it may only
destroy some of the pathogens,leaving some behind.  The ones that survive will have mutated enough to survive low doses of the medicine. They can then multiply and spread to other people. According to recent data by the WHO, antibiotics and antimalarials are the most frequently reported fake medicines.  By fighting fake medicines, you are also fighting the global threat of AMR.

 

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123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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