Counterfeit Medicines in Internet and the Fakeshare European Project: Experiences and Activities in Spain Articles uri icon

authors

  • CATALAN MATAMOROS, DANIEL JESUS
  • GONZALEZ OCHANDO, NURIA
  • PECHARROMAN ARRIBAS, HENAR
  • FERNANDEZ MUELAS, ANA
  • BENTOLILA BENCHIMOL, STELLA SANDRA
  • IBARRA LORENTE, MANUEL

publication date

  • August 2016

volume

  • 90

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1135-5727

abstract

  • The illicit trafficking of medicines over the Internet is a growing problem that affects public health. Since 2013, the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) participates in the European project Fakeshare, co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Italian Medicines Agency (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco, AIFA). This project aims to coordinate initiatives against the illegal supply of medicines, including from purchases through websites engaged in illegal activity, to thefts and other diversions of medicines to the illicit trafficking. This paper presents the activities in that area as well as strategies and elaborated materials at the national level.

keywords

  • pharmaceutical preparations; internet; counterfeit medicines; public health; collaboration; communication