Fake medicines put patients at risk and are a threat to public health

Counterfeit medicines are the result of criminal activity that tricks patients into believing they are getting real medicines, but instead, they increase resistance to the real treatments, and may cause further illness, disability or even death. Joining forces with others to speak up about fake medicines and finding innovative approaches are helping to stay one step ahead of the criminals distributing these medicines. Mobile technology can be instrumental in verifying the authenticity of a medicine but also working to improve the regulatory framework to ensure the distribution of drugs is closely monitored and reinforcing the drug registration system can really make a difference.