FIP and IFPMA Fight Counterfeit Medicines
FIP and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) are pleased to announce the release of a new publication entitled The Threat of False Friends. This publication's purpose is to raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeit, or falsified, medicines, especially those medicines purchased, sold and acquired via Internet sales.
The World Health Organization reports that more than 50 percent of medicines purchased from illegal online sources are counterfeit (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs275/en/). This is a global issue with people in high-, middle-, and low-income countries at risk of counterfeit medicines. To curb this growing threat, FIP and IFPMA call for individual and collective work of governments, international organizations and the private sector to enact anti-counterfeiting legislation, strengthen enforcement and raise public awareness of counterfeit medicines.
FIP and IFPMA are united in an effort to preserve patient safety by promoting access to and responsible use of safe and efficacious medicines.
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