Sproxil to expand success to new domains

Since our 2010 pilot in Nigeria to protect Diabetes patients from buying fake treatments, we have expanded to five operations across three continents to protects products in over ten industries, including pharmaceuticals, beauty & personal care, and automotive parts. Our award-winning solution, Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™), has been recognized globally for protecting a vast array of important and life-saving drugs such as malaria treatments. To date, we have processed the most product verifications for a solution of our kind: we boast over 8.5 million consumer engagements.

To further our vision of empowering consumers and improving societal well-being through technological solutions, we are happy to announce our receipt of a Netri Fund Loan.

The Netri Microfinance Fund was created in 2007 by the Netri Foundation to achieve social and financial returns, with capital appreciation supporting the foundation’s grant-driven development projects. The Netri Foundation’s activities are animated by a conviction that absolute poverty in the face of significant inequality is untenable, creating an imperative for those with resources to help.

The Foundation’s mission is to offer help and hope to the most disadvantaged, to the poorest of the poor, so that they can lead the dignified life all human beings deserve. Its mission is pursued by supporting a diverse scope of interventions to address the essential causes of poverty in a holistic manner.

The Netri Foundation supports philanthropic activities around the developing world, with a particular focus in Africa and Latin America.

The loan will be used for technology enhancements and expansion into new markets and the development of existing sales and marketing operations in India, Kenya, and Ghana.  The Fund has calculated that the impact attributable directly to its investment is to enable over 400,000 people to verify their products, which extrapolating from the current incidence of issue alerts, could expose at least 13,000 counterfeit products.

For more information on the loan, visit the Netri Fund Loan website.

 

Sproxil Joins Fight the Fakes Partnership In Campaign Against Fake Medicines

Sproxil Joins Fight the Fakes Partnership
In Campaign Against Fake Medicines
Cambridge, MA – Sproxil®, a leading provider of world-class brand protection, announces it has joined the Fight the Fakes alliance as a partner. Sproxil unites with a growing list of 14 partners in the Fight the Fakes campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines.

Fight the Fakes gives a voice to those who have been personally impacted by fake medicines and shares the stories of those working to put a stop to this threat to public health. Fight the Fakes seeks to build a global movement of organizations and individuals who will shine light on the negative impact that fake medicines have on individuals and communities around the globe.

Fake medicines put patients and the general public at risk. Patients believe they are receiving genuine treatment, but instead they are getting potentially dangerous products that could increase resistance to real treatments, and cause further illness, disability or even death. Many myths need to be dispelled, such as only branded medicines can be counterfeit, or only lifestyle pills are faked. Both these statements are incorrect. Sproxil protects both brand-name and generics, and different therapeutic classes of medicines, such as anti-bacterials, anti-hypertensive, anti-infective, anti-malarial, diabetes medicines, hormones, and oral hormonal contraceptives.

“We’re very proud to align with Fight the Fakes and join together with the other commendable partners in the fight against fakes,” states Sproxil’s Global Business Coordinator Meliza Anne Mitra. “I’m confident the campaign will work effectively to raise awareness on the dangers of fake medicines. We are making strides to not only protect and educate consumers, but also to empower and provide them with the tools to combat fake medicines in the marketplace.”

By joining Fight the Fakes, Sproxil lends its support in helping spread the word about the dangers of fake medicines, leveraging the expertise acquired through developing its flagship solution, Mobile Product Authentication(tm) (MPA(tm)). MPA(tm) allows consumers to verify that products they buy are genuine by using a mobile phone and a simple, free text message. The solution uses a scratch card method, similar to that used for replenishing cellular talk-time. This allows users to reveal a one-time-use code on products and text the code to a call center phone number. Within seconds a response is dispatched, indicating whether the product is genuine, potentially fake, or stolen.

Fight the Fakes partners share the belief that all actors involved in public health should be vigilant and should coordinate their efforts to tackle this public health threat.

More options to verify and connect!

MORE WAYS TO VERIFY

We at Sproxil are just like everyone else: we love the ability to choose from a variety of options. That’s why we’ve created even more ways for consumers to verify their products instantly at point of purchase.

Introducing our Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™) app on Android and our web verification app on our website! Now consumers can text, call, go online, or use our app to verify the authenticity of their products and engage in the growing number of MPA-based loyalty programs offered by our clients.

 Our Android app allows consumers to text the PIN to verify their products or – where available – scan the 2D matrix. We also have a ton of exciting app features on our roadmap that we just can’t wait to reveal!

You can download the app for free at sproxil.com/android.

Our web verification app allows consumers to verify their product using any web browser: mobile or desktop. We even created a nifty animated GIF to show you where to scratch and input the code.

MORE WAYS TO CONNECT

We just created a Pinterest and Instagram for Sproxil! Through our social media channels, we’re going to start really upping the interactive ante by posting fun mini-games and contests. We also love sharing great content, so you’ll definitely see some of that too.

While we work on that, we’re starting to build followings on our budding Pinterest and Instagram accounts.

Follow us for some upcoming fun and games!

Sproxil’s Founder & CEO Ashifi Gogo Named A Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation

 

Sproxil’s Founder & CEO Ashifi Gogo Named A Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation

Cambridge, MA – Sproxil®, a leading provider of world-class brand protection, is proud to announce Founder and CEO Ashifi Gogo has been recognized by the Schwab Foundation as a recipient of the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014.  According to the Foundation, Dr. Gogo is one of thirty-seven awardees ‘pioneering solutions for the social and environmental challenges including urban revitalization, renewable energy, unemployment and more.’

“Social entrepreneurs are an integral and increasingly sought after community of the World Economic Forum. We are seeing greater appetite among business, government and civil society leaders to learn from the innovative models of social entrepreneurs and collaborate with them in novel ways. We welcome the 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardees who epitomize the best this sector has to offer,” sated David Aikman, Managing Director and Head of the New Champions Communities.

Sproxil’s flagship solution, Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™), allows consumers to verify that products they buy are genuine by using a mobile phone and a simple, free text message. The solution uses a scratch card method, similar to that used for replenishing cellular talk-time. This allows users to reveal a one-time-use code on products and text the code to a call center phone number. A response is dispatched from Sproxil’s servers, indicating whether the product is genuine, potentially fake, or stolen.

Leading pharmaceutical companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Serono, IPCA as well as regulatory organizations in the emerging markets of Africa and India have been leveraging the MPA solution to protect consumers from taking potentially harmful counterfeit and substandard medications since the company launched in 2009.  It has been used more than eight million times to verify that products are genuine.

The MPA solution can be used to verify any tangible item, and Sproxil’s solution is currently being implemented and used for products across multiple industries including skin care, supplements and vitamins, electrical cabling, automotive and motorcycle parts and agro-business, to name a few.

“It’s an honor to receive the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award and join a list of recipients that are dedicated to making positive, powerful differences in the world,” states Sproxil CEO Dr. Ashifi Gogo. “It not only recognizes our work to combat counterfeit products, but also helps us gain the recognition beyond countries we currently operate in, so we can have a greater impact in regions most vulnerable to counterfeiting.  This helps us solve a problem that influences the quality of life and productivity of so many people.”

To read more and to see the other Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, go to Schwab Foundation’s interactive awardees page 

 

 

The $564 billion dollar problem

We live in a time where chronic diseases or illnesses do not necessarily have to lead to constant, crippling pain or ill fates. Through groundbreaking advancements in medical technology, we now have the option to manage our own wellbeing through properly prescribed health regimens.

The problem is that when we don’t follow the doctor’s orders (like forgetting to take the medication or taking incorrect doses), we get in the way of good health. This non-compliance – coined medication non-adherence – is costly: the global pharmaceutical industry is estimated to lose $564 billion a year because of it.

While some may feel that the pharmaceutical industry’s loss is not their own, the truth is that the massive figure implies there are millions of people who are not taking care of their own health. It speaks to a greater negative impact on overall societal health and happiness.

When we do not adhere to our medication:

  • We don’t receive the full benefits of treatment and can even exacerbate our condition
  • We can be burdened further by increased health care costs and other unnecessary financial costs
  • In emerging markets where hospitals already have limited resources, incoming patients can further strain the health care provider’s ability to provide quality care to everyone
  • Medical researchers who study the value of the medication lose important data points that can lead to other patients’ positive health outcomes

It may be easy to believe that medical non-adherence is caused by stubborn people who refuse to take their medicine. But it’s not that simple. Many patients who fail to properly take their medication are older, may be unable to care for themselves independently, do not understand how to comply, or are unable to pay for the cost of treatment. There are a myriad of reasons and increasingly complex cultural or economical circumstances that can exacerbate the issue.

In emerging markets, lack of data and limited access to quality health care providers also contribute to increasing non-adherence problems.

To address this issue, we identified a solution for pharmaceutical companies to help patients stick to their regimen while still ensuring patient privacy (you can email us at team@sproxil.com for more information). Through understanding purchasing trends on an individual level and being proactive, pharmaceutical companies can empower their patients and their loved ones to lead healthier and happier lives.

While medical non-adherence many not have a silver bullet solution or ever truly become solved, the health care industry must continue its mission and make strides to improve global heath.

Why do you think patients don’t adhere to their medicine and what do you think stakeholders should do to help them?

Driving a ticking time bomb

Summary:

  • Fake car parts can be very dangerous for consumers, even killing drivers and passengers who install substandard fakes in their cars
  • The automotive industry around the world is aware of the illegal trade and making efforts to combat it
  • There are ways to help determine if you’ve purchased a fake and resources to report the products

Last week, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) established the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) in response to increasing concerns over the ‘tide’ of counterfeit parts in India. The organization is seeking to heighten consumer awareness of fake car parts.

The illegal industry of fake car parts is not new; automotive parts companies have long known the issue and are seeking unique and innovative tactics to combat the trade. In fact, Sproxil has already partnered with several companies to craft anti-counterfeiting solutions that meet their needs.

More important than ever, consumers must be  educated on the dangers of counterfeiting. Counterfeited car parts don’t just hurt legitimate companies by taking consumers away from them: they can seriously harm consumers. Fake car parts do not follow any standards of quality or inspection, so they are generally made of poorer quality or wrong materials, missing crucial components, or made completely non-functional. These factors can substantially increase the risk of harm or death for drivers and passengers.

There are a lot of instances where fake auto parts have been acknowledged as a serious concern, but manufacturers fear that the low cost of the fakes and limited accessibility drives consumers and mechanics to purchase bad knock-offs:

The list goes on.

Legitimate car parts manufacturers are becoming more proactive about educating the public on the dangers of fake auto parts and are also helping consumers proactively look for and check for fake parts.

So, what are some ways mechanics and consumers can determine if they’ve bought fake?

1. Compare the product to the real counterpart. Visit the manufacturer’s website or call the manufacturer so that they can help identify if the part is correct.
2. If the part looks old or in poor condition, it may not necessarily be fake, but may be less functional or efficient as a new version. Check with your mechanic.
3. The part does not have a warranty.
4. Research your mechanic if possible. Is the mechanic in good standing? Have there been several complaints? For those in the U.S. they can check resources like Angie’s List or Better Business Bureau (BBB) to read reviews
4. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

If you found a fake, alert the manufacturer about the incident: vigilant consumers can help decrease counterfeiting in the market by buying genuine products and making counterfeit parts unprofitable.

Press Release: Sproxil Joins The World Customs Organization’s IPM Connected Global Network In the Fight Against Counterfeiting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sproxil Joins The World Customs Organization’s IPM Connected Global Network
In the Fight Against Counterfeiting

Cambridge, MA (January 30, 2014) – Sproxil®, a leading provider of world-class brand protection, has joined the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) IPM global network of track & trace and authentication solutions. The IPM Network is the WCO’s online tool to combat counterfeiting – it enables right holders faced with counterfeiting of their brands, to exchange information in real-time with field Customs officers.

The IPM Network integrates two major technical developments: a mobile version and the opportunity to interface IPM with authentication and/or traceability solutions companies. Using a mobile device, field Customs officers can instantly verify a product’s authenticity simply by scanning the barcode or other track and trace method to automatically launch the authentication application.

By joining the WCO’s global network of solutions, Sproxil is now officially IPM Connected and is working with the WCO in its on-going effort to combat illicit trade and the growing threat it poses to our society and economy. The WCO encourages all databases, sources of information, authentication or traceability solutions which could help Customs officers in their fight against counterfeiting to interface with IPM and become IPM Connected.

“We’re proud to join the WCO’s IPM network. The partnership enables Sproxil clients to share and leverage information from the IPM network to detect potential counterfeit attacks on their brands and products. This is a tremendous benefit – first and foremost, it makes products safer for consumers but it also helps organizations protect their brands and products,” states Sproxil CEO & Founder Dr. Ashifi Gogo. “As a leading solution provider, we feel it’s important to be an active member in the anti-counterfeiting community and provide the most comprehensive tools to our clients. The WCO’s IPM Network is a leader on the global stage in the battle against counterfeiting; we are pleased to be an active part of such an innovative, prestigious constituency.”

Sproxil’s Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™) technology has been used more than seven million times to verify that products are genuine. Leading pharmaceutical companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck Serono, IPCA as well as regulatory organizations in the emerging markets of Africa and India have been leveraging Sproxil’s MPA solution to protect consumers from taking potentially harmful counterfeit and substandard medications since the company launched in 2009. The MPA solution can be used to verify any tangible item, and Sproxil’s solution is currently being implemented and used for products across multiple industries including skin care, supplements and vitamins, electrical cabling, automotive and motorcycle parts and agro-business, to name a few.

For more information about Sproxil, contact : jeff.loucks@sproxil.com
For more information about IPM: ipmcommunication@wcoomd.org.

Christmas is the Perfect Time for Family… and Getting Duped.

With the holiday season in full swing, everyone is heading to the online and offline worlds to find that perfect gift for those important people in their lives. The shopping malls are getting crowded and retail stores are eagerly looking to get consumers’ attention by promoting their holiday sales. The problem is that they are not the only ones looking for your attention: counterfeiters are too. With “too good to be true” schemes to sell knockoff products like electronics, DVDs & games, jewelry, luxury goods, and more, counterfeiters are looking to crush the Christmas spirit by profiting from innocent shoppers.

But why is buying a fake product bad, anyway? Have they even hurt anyone? The answer is yes, actually, fake products do hurt others. Here are just a few reasons why supporting fakes is just a bad idea.

You, as a consumer, purchase a product you think is genuine, but the lower quality knock-off may not function the way it is supposed to. Imagine spending money only to find that your expectations of the product are not met by the same standards of quality offered by legitimate companies. And, for some products such as electronics (and medicine), there is a huge risk of danger: people have actually died from malfunctioned or non-functioning knock-off products. In fact, reports have stated that you might even be supporting organized crime.

Legitimate businesses and companies are the ones getting the bad rep when customers complain about products they did not buy from authorized retailers. Then, the businesses lose consumer trust and loyalty.

Governments and regulatory bodies don’t see the taxes that these illegitimate companies should be paying as a business. That’s less money that could be used to fuel important societal needs and programs that help other people.

The economy also suffers from fake products. International Chamber of Commerce Director General Jean Rozwadowski stated that “piracy and counterfeiting, it does take jobs away, and it doesn’t make for a wholesome global economy.”

There are many more reasons why supporting counterfeiters by purchasing their products can kill your Christmas spirit, which is why counterfeiters are truly the Christmas Grinch.

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For those who grew up with Dr. Seuss, you may be all too familiar with the Christmas Grinch (or just The Grinch): a recluse who hated Christmas and sought to take the Christmas joy from everyone else. The Grinch was cold, greedy, mean, and selfish: he planned to sabotage everyone’s happiness by taking from them all of the gifts and decorations.

Although counterfeiters are not sneaking into people’s homes and stealing their gifts and decorations, the effect of trying to take away people’s spirits by selling off knock-offs that could be potentially dangerous or fatal, if not at a minimum very disappointing.

To make sure that The Grinch doesn’t crush our Christmas spirit, we have put together a quick list of things to do while you’re shopping so that you can focus more on enjoying Christmas and spending time with your family and friends and less time on worrying about getting duped by the Grinch.

1. Learn to distinguish fake and genuine products: Some knock-offs are obvious, but sometimes knock-offs are easily passed off as their genuine counterparts. Before going out and purchasing products, use your online search engine and search “How to spot (blank)” where blank is the product you are looking to buy. There are a ton of articles, pictures, and videos out there that help consumers determine if a product is genuine.

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2. Do your homework on retailers: Is the company that you are buying from legitimate? Does that seller on Amazon or Ebay have a good reputation What are the ratings for the product? What is the return policy? Use your online search engine and search “(company name) scam” or visit your country’s appropriate regulatory body to see if that business (a) is legitimate and (b) is in good standing.

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3. Support small businesses and artists: We’ve heard a few good things about e-commerce stores like Etsy that have artists who sell beautiful hand-made pieces of jewelry, clothing, and other items that add that personalized touch. Or, make it yourself! Take the time to find legitimate places that sell what you’re looking for. With a little bit of time, you can find great deals.

If we have not convinced you that buying that $7 USB adapter that can be a fire hazard is a better deal than buying a legitimate $20 one, consider this: if that USB adapter malfunctions, you’ll have to buy another one to replace it. Not only is that more time and money on your end, but you may risk getting hurt from touching the adapter or exposing yourself to the fire hazard. Now, that may be a bit extreme, but when people die from getting electrocuted by their fake iPhone chargers, you will want to reconsider where you’re getting your products.

So you’ve found a fake product. Now what? Report it. Many countries have a way for consumers to report fake products; look online to find out what your country is doing to empower consumers and stomp fakes. The U.S. has stopfakes.gov.

Alternatively, If you bought a brand name product and got a knock off version and are not sure which governing body should be alerted, report it to the legitimate brand. If you have a blog or other public space to voice your findings, use it.

It’s time to let The Grinches around the world know that we’re not letting them take advantage of us and crush our Christmas spirits. We encourage everyone to be smart and vigilant shoppers, but most of all, have a safe and merry Christmas!

Sproxil CEO & Founder Dr. Ashifi Gogo Wins Inaugural Global Humanitarian Engineering Award

Sproxil CEO & Founder Dr. Ashifi Gogo Wins Inaugural Global Humanitarian Engineering Award

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Boston, MA (October 22, 2013) – Sproxil®, a leading provider of world-class brand protection for emerging markets, announces founder Dr. Ashifi Gogo was presented with the inaugural Global Humanitarian Engineer of the Year Award on October 22nd at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, Silicon Valley, California USA. He was honored for his long-standing dedication to humanitarian engineering and ability to act on issues of social injustice.

Under Dr. Gogo’s leadership, Sproxil has developed the Mobile Product AuthenticationTM (MPATM) solution that allows consumers to verify products are genuine by using a mobile phone and a free (SMS) text message.  While the solution can be used for any tangible product, the MPA solution’s first application is addressing the need to combat counterfeit medication.

Upon purchasing medication, consumers scratch a label revealing a one-time use code, then text the code to a secure number provided on the package. As part of the MPA technology, the text message is processed to determine the drug’s genuineness. Within seconds, the end user is notified, via text, of the result. Alternatively, consumers can call a consumer support desk to get results in their local language.  The solution is deployed in developing regions of Africa and Asia; it is offered in Nigeria, India, Kenya (serving East Africa), and Ghana (serving West Africa).

The MPA solution is based on Dr. Gogo’s research at the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, where he earned the first Ph.D. Innovation Fellowship. Among the recognition Dr. Gogo has received is the IEEE Gold Humanitarian Fellowship in 2009 and in 2013 he was honored by the White House Champions of Change.

His motivation to create a simple, inexpensive way to identify counterfeit products was driven by the 700,000 deaths each year due to fake malaria and tuberculosis drugs. The MPA solution has been used for over 5 million product verifications in less than 5 years.

The Global Humanitarian Engineering awards have been developed to fill a global gap in celebrating the valuable contribution that engineers make towards improving the lives of those less fortunate. In addition, they serve to recognize outstanding achievement, provide role models, and demonstrate less popularly known roles of engineering in society.

This year’s awards were judged by prominent leaders in the field of humanitarian engineering including: Simon Trace – CEO of Practical Action, Petter Matthews – Executive Director at Engineers Against Poverty, and Cathy Leslie – Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders USA.  Other award recipients include Qualcomm, Tesla, Google, ReAllocate, Western Digital and the Computer History Museum.

About Sproxil

Sproxil is a venture-backed enterprise that provides world-class brand protection services in emerging markets. The Company’s Mobile Product Authentication solution helps ensure purchased goods are not stolen or counterfeit by allowing consumers to verify product genuineness within seconds through a text message. Compatible with any tangible item, Sproxil’s solution is widely used by leading pharmaceutical companies to curb the multi-billion dollar counterfeit drug industry.  The Company has also penetrated non-pharmaceutical industries including personal care, automotive aftermarket and food supplements.  Sproxil has won the IBM SmartCamp Boston Award and the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award, as well as received regulatory endorsements in Nigeria and Kenya. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, Sproxil continues to expand across Asia and Africa.

Spotting Fake Online Pharmacies

The popularity of online pharmacies is a testament to the ease, convenience, and sense of privacy that e-commerce offers consumers. Unfortunately, such popularity also opens opportunity for malicious people to make money by selling fake and dangerous medicine to customers seeking discrete ways to purchase their goods. It’s not surprising that medicine that customers would otherwise be embarrassed to purchase, such as erectile dysfunction drugs, are one of the more commonly counterfeited products.

But why is buying from a fake online pharmacy bad? Many times, the drugs online are cheaper, which means our wallet doesn’t take too much of a hit. But fake online pharmacies put people in danger because they’re not selling you the genuine medicine you think you are getting. Instead, they sell fake and substandard versions of the approved drugs. When you depend on a drug to do what is intended, taking something that does not have the right ingredients can put your health at risk. If you’re not yet convinced that fake drugs are harmful, check out this interactive guide to the “Hidden Poisons in Counterfeit Medications” (brought to you by the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM)).

In addition to getting drugs that won’t help you, you are putting your personal and financial safety at risk by providing credit card and other personal information and can download damaging files (like spyware) onto your computer.

So how do you know when you have stumbled upon a fake pharmacy? Here’s a list from great resources such as the FDA’s Be Safe RX program, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission SCAMwatch program, and elsewhere from around the web. Keep in mind that some of these red flags (but not all!) may be different depending on what country you are in and the regulations surrounding. Check with your appropriate regulatory body for more details. Red flags:

  • You can buy prescription medicine without the prescription
  • It is not licensed by the board of pharmacy or other regulatory body. Check your country’s regulatory body website for more information on any licensing boards for pharmacies. The U.S., for example, certifies online pharmacies through VIPPS accreditation
  • The prices of the drugs seem “too good to be true”
  • They are sending you spam or unsolicited email, especially for cheap or hard-to-get pills. The subject title of the email has nothing to do with the products offered and/or there are incorrectly spelt words, random spaces and symbols in between words (to bypass spam filters)
  • There is no sign of a physical address or the address does not exist
  • There is no sign of a phone number or the number is non-working or does not connect you to a customer service representative. You should be able to speak to a pharmacist.
  • The pharmacy claims to ship worldwide: drugs need to go through an approval process to be able to be distributed in different countries
  • Any indication that the products require extra shipping time or have any fee relating to getting processed through customs
  • All U.S. pharmacies ship via DHL, FedEx, or UPS only
  • Getting “extra” medicine when you purchase X amount

What do you do when you encounter a fake pharmacy? First – check with your country’s regulatory body for any resource that lists all legitimate pharmacies to make sure that your suspicions are correct. The U.S. National Association of Boards of Pharmacy certifies legitimate online pharmacies through their VIPPS accreditation program.

If you suspect that the pharmacy is fake, report it. Your country’s regulatory body should have a way to report suspicious pharmacies. Not sure who that is? The World Health Organization has listed the websites of medicines regulatory authorities around the world.

Lastly, the PSM is a great source for more information on fake and substandard drugs. We highly recommend “The 5 Secrets Canadian Web Pharmacies Don’t Want You To Know.” For those interested in learning more about counterfeit medicine and joining the conversation to combat this global epidemic, the PSM is holding their annual interchange conference on October 24 in D.C. The annual event brings together policymakers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, patient advocates, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and anti-counterfeiting companies to discuss the problem and solutions to the global scourge of pharmaceutical counterfeiting.

What are some other good tips that you have for those seeking to purchase medicine online?