Retail News Breaks
USP applauds new partners in Fight the Fakes campaign
June 9th, 2014
ROCKVILLE, Md. – As part of an international effort to combat counterfeit medicines, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) joined other partners in welcoming 11 new organizations to the global Fight the Fakes campaign.
USP said Friday that the Fight the Fakes initiative, launched last year, now includes 25 health care groups, research institutes, foundations, nonprofits and private sector organizations working together in the fight against fake medications.
"Counterfeit or fake medicines can account for up to 30% of the drug supply in parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to estimates from the World Health Organization," USP chief executive officer Ron Piervincenzi said in a statement. "These products can harm patients, causing further illness, disability or even death, and they can also increase resistance to real treatments, putting the global population at risk."
The latest Fight the Fakes partners are the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP), Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU), Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP), European Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (GIRP), Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW), International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF), Mobilium, Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM), PSM India and the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI).
Along with USP, other standing partners in Fight the Fakes include the Dutch Malaria Foundation, Fondation Chirac, Global Pharma Health Fund (GPHF), International Council of Nurses (ICN), International Federation for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM), Malaria Consortium, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), NCD Alliance, Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), Sproxil, World Heart Federation (WHF) and World Medical Association (WMA).
"Combating counterfeit and substandard products is an essential part of USP's mission to improving public health by promoting quality medicines around the world," Piervincenzi added. "The challenges we face today — with raw materials and finished products circling the globe before they reach the hands of patients and consumers — require collaboration to stem the tide of fakes."
The Fight the Fakes campaign aims to raise awareness about the dangers of counterfeit medicines, giving a voice to those who have been personally impacted and building a global movement of organizations and individuals to combat the problem.
More Retail News Breaks >>