“Health is not a hoax – Fight the fakes” is the slogan for this year’s Fight the Fakes week. The aim is to highlight how substandard and falsified medicines pose serious risks to human health and have disastrous consequences for the well-being of communities and the socio-economic stability of each country. They deserve much more attention in international fora.
Fight the Fakes Alliance invites organizations and individuals around the world to become fake busters for this year’s Fight the Fakes week, December 6-12, and to help raise awareness of the dangers involved.
Sometimes substandard and falsified drugs can have tragic consequences. They are contributing to the development of the second global health emergency after COVID-19: antimicrobial resistance and drug-resistant infections. They create mistrust in drugs, health professionals and health systems and block the socio-economic development of a country. The problem is most acute in low- and middle-income countries, with estimates suggesting that up to 1 in 10 medical products are either substandard or falsified.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, diagnostic tests, personal protective equipment (PPE), potential therapies and vaccines have been found to be falsified across the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued several medical product alerts related to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments over the past two years, while the Infectious Disease Data Observatory collects hundreds of reports from the field public on substandard and falsified COVID-19 medical products. and COVID-19 vaccines.
As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccination accelerates, criminals are capitalizing on shortages or barriers to access, but also waves of vaccine hesitation. It may also accelerate the spread of counterfeit products that are unrelated to COVID-19, proving a flourishing global business of substandard and falsified medical products, without regard for the health impacts.
About Fight the Fake Alliance
The Fight the Fakes Alliance (aka “Fight the Fakes”) is a non-profit, multi-party association that aims to raise awareness of the dangers of falsified and substandard medicines. He gives voice to those who have been personally affected and shares the stories of those working to end this threat to public health. He seeks to build a global movement of organizations and individuals who will shed light on the threat these so-called drugs pose to patient safety and health systems and to achieving universal health coverage. The diverse members of Fight the Fakes share the belief that coordination among all stakeholders working along the medical supply chain is essential if we are to tackle this threat to global health.