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World Hepatitis Day 2017

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World Hepatitis Day 2017


On July 28th, Fight the Fakes raises awareness around World Hepatitis Day.  According to WHO 2015 World Hepatitis report, 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, altogether responsible for 95% of all hepatitis mortality.

Over 95% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within 2-3 months, but not if their medicines are fake. Fight the Fakes joins the global action against hepatitis by urging the necessity to further combat fake medicines, responsible for ineffective treatment and antimicrobial resistance. Fake medicines put patients at risk of further illness, disability or even death. What’s more, they undermine public trust in health systems and healthcare professionals.

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

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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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