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Global pharmaceutical industry calls for broad-based cooperation to fight online sales of counterfeit medicines around the world
Date:7/23/2012

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The global pharmaceutical industry unveiled recommendations today to tackle the growing public health threat of counterfeit or fake medicines.  The industry's call for increased public awareness and crackdown on makers of the unsafe products comes as a group of private U.S. companies launches the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) initiative to target illegal Internet pharmacies.

The four associations – International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), and Japanese Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA) – represent the global research-based pharmaceutical industry and support broad-based initiatives like CSIP as important steps in the fight against counterfeits.

The joint statement said the IFPMA, PhRMA, EFPIA, and JPMA are joining forces to help protect patients worldwide by promoting access to safe and efficacious medicines, advocating robust patient education and awareness about counterfeiting, and combating unsafe medicines.  In addition to supporting the individual and cooperative work of the U.S. government, the European Union and its Member States, the Japanese government, and international organizations, the four associations call on private sector stakeholders, including Internet domain name registrars, search engine operators, and payment service providers, to play critical roles in ensuring patient safety.

"Everybody is at risk of counterfeiting," said Eduardo Pisani, IFPMA Director General. "Counterfeiting is a crime against patients and poses a public health risk that can lead to treatment resistance, extended illness, disability and even death." The rese
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