A genuine threat to public health

Over 30 million counterfeit medicines have been seized by customs at EU borders over the last five years1

Counterfeiters do not discriminate between branded or generic medicines.

Counterfeit medicines market is lucrative only for counterfeiters and has a huge cost to European patients and society2.

62% of medicines purchased online are fake or substandard3.

95.6% of online pharmacies researched are operating illegally4.

Ensuring the delivery of safe medicines is a responsibility for all in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

  1. European Commission Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union
  2. €10 billion / year. Nunwood survey data November 2009. Online consumer survey, participants 14,000. Countries included the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Finland and Ireland.
  3. European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM)
  4. European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM)