Fight the Fakes Campaign Battles Rogue Online Pharmacies

Fight the Fakes is a global campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines. The campaign gives a voice to those who have been personally impacted and shares the stories of those working to put a stop to this threat to public health. It seeks to build a global movement of organizations and individuals who will shine light on the negative impact that fake medicines have on people around the globe and to reduce the negative consequences on individuals worldwide.

With virtually all countries around the world impacted by fake medicines, and potentially 15% of medicines worldwide and up to 30% in some regions being fake, this a real danger to public health. By passing themselves off as something they are not, fake medicines put patients at risk for continued illness, disability, or even death. Some estimates put the number of deaths by falsified medicines at 700,000 per year. In addition, online sale of medicines is an increasing international threat, as there are more than 40,000 “active rogue online pharmacies” at active at any one time. Fake medicines represent a crime against patients and are a danger to public health, contributing to resistance of genuine treatments and undermining confidence in health systems.

Fight the Fakes is a global campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines. The campaign gives a voice to those who have been personally impacted and shares the stories of those working to put a stop to this threat to public health. It seeks to build a global movement of organizations and individuals who will shine light on the negative impact that fake medicines have on people around the globe and to reduce the negative consequences on individuals worldwide.

With virtually all countries around the world impacted by fake medicines, and potentially 15% of medicines worldwide and up to 30% in some regions being fake, this a real danger to public health. By passing themselves off as something they are not, fake medicines put patients at risk for continued illness, disability, or even death. Some estimates put the number of deaths by falsified medicines at 700,000 per year. In addition, online sale of medicines is an increasing international threat, as there are more than 40,000 “active rogue online pharmacies” at active at any one time. Fake medicines represent a crime against patients and are a danger to public health, contributing to resistance of genuine treatments and undermining confidence in health systems.

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