In 2015, WHO (World Health Organisation) published their World Hepatitis report, which highlighted that 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, which are altogether responsible for 95% of all hepatitis mortality.
Hepatitis C needn’t be fatal and 95% can be completely cured within 2-3 months if given the correct medicines. Unfortunately a number of sufferers are being exposed to fake or counterfeit drugs resulting in ineffective treatment and antimicrobial resistance. These fake medicines are putting patients at risk of further illness, disability and even death. Fight the Fakes is raising awareness of this awful trade and trying to combat, to save the lives of Hepatitis sufferers, as well as rebuilding trust in the healthcare industry.
Fake medicines aren’t just sugar pills, they can be extremely dangerous and include a host of poisons. Fake medicines that have been tested have been found to contain heavy metals, common household items and well known poisons, as well as other types of medicines and drugs that don’t relate to the condition it is supposedly treating.