According to the survey conducted by happycurious for Sanofi, only 20% of Europeans associate counterfeiting with medicines. 77% of European consumers say they have not been adequately informed or are ignorant on the subject of fake medicines.
This lack of awareness about fake medicines exists despite the following facts:
- 1 in 10 drugs sold worldwide are counterfeit; this figure reaches above 40% in some countries.
- In 2013, 99 countries collaborated on Operation Pangea VI to fight against illegal online pharmacies. It resulted in the closure of 13,700 websites and the seizure of more than 10 million drugs worth a total of $36 million.
- The profits yielded by counterfeit medicines are greater than those derived from illicit drug trafficking.
For more information, download the happycurious survey above and the worldwide counterfeiting infographic, or visit Sanofi’s website.