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World Malaria Day 2017

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World Malaria Day 2017


On Tuesday 25 April we raise awareness of World Malaria Day. Malaria as a disease that disproportionately impacts children, women and the developing world more broadly, and is largely preventable given the right medication and treatment. Unfortunately, according to the WHO 1/3 of antimalarial medicines in Africa, where most of the 429,000 annual casualties occur, are fake. Raising awareness about malaria and the importance of genuine medicine is paramount to defeating this treatable disease.

Learn more about how we can end malaria for good from Fight the Fakes partner Roll Back Malaria here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

.@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

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

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

2011: European Customs retained 27.5 million #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

#DidYouKnow? 96% of online pharmacies operate illegally

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

Both branded and generic products are subject to counterfeiting

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

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

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

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

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

123 countries are impacted by #fakemeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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