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WHAT IS SPOT THE FAKE
Do you have the 'REAL' medicine in your pills?

Everyone wants the best from their medication. But how do you know if you have the ‘real’ medicine in your pills? Just one counterfeit drug could make you sick. Beware and BE AWARE for what you believe to be SAFE may not SAVE YOU at all.

WHY SPOT THE FAKE?

The epidemic of counterfeit medicines has reached global proportions with sales of counterfeit medicines estimated at $75 billion globally in 20101. Counterfeiters seek to exploit patients’ trust to garner huge profits and supply contaminated medicines at low cost. Growing evidence indicates that counterfeit medicines are used to fund terrorist organizations and organized crimes2.

What are counterfeit medicines?3

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines counterfeit medicines as “medication which is deliberately and fraudulently mislabeled with respect to identity and/or source. Counterfeiting can apply to both branded and generic products and counterfeit products may include products with the correct ingredients or with the wrong ingredients, without active ingredients, with insufficient active ingredients or with fake packaging.”

Because counterfeit medications are unregulated – they may contain harmful ingredients including3:
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Products without active ingredients
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Products with incorrect quantities of active ingredients
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Products with wrong ingredients
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Products with correct quantities of active ingredients but with fake packaging
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Copies of an original product
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Products with high levels of impurities and contaminants – such as boric acid, paint, floor polish, heavy metals, nickel, arsenic, brick dust4

COUNTERFEIT MEDICINES CAN AND DO KILL

More than ONE MILLION people die each year due to counterfeit drugs5.
Counterfeit medicines is a serious issue in Malaysia with the Emerging Markets Health Network estimating about 5 PERCENT of medicines in Malaysia are counterfeit6.
With so many men and women in Malaysia at risk – it is important we EMPOWER OURSELVES WITH KNOWLEDGE and take steps to protect ourselves against counterfeit.
References
  1. World health Organization. Growing threat from counterfeit medicines. (April 2010) Available at: http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/88/4/10-020410/en/. Accessed on 20 March 2020
  2. Finlay, B. D. Counterfeit Drugs and National Security, Stimson, 2011.
  3. World Health Organization. Q&A Counterfeit Medicines (Oct 2009). Available at: https://www.who.int/medicines/services/counterfeit/faqs/QACounterfeit-October2009.pdf. Accessed on 20 March 2020.
  4. Pfizer global Security Handbook (2007). Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals: A Serious Threat to Patient Safety
  5. Counterfeit drugs kill 1 million annually: Interpol (Oct 2013). Available at: http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/counterfeit-drugs-kill-1-million-annually-interpol. Accessed on 20 March 2020.
  6. Astro Awani, 5 percent of medicines in Malaysia are counterfeit (Nov 2014). Available at: http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/five-cent-medicines-malaysia-are-counterfeit-pfizer-48197. Accessed on 20 March 2020.
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