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Be aware: Helping to fight counterfeit medicines, keeping patients safer

This toolkit from the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) — an alliance of organisations representing more than 25 million healthcare professionals worldwide — aims to educate staff and patients about counterfeit medicines. It was commissioned by the WHO's International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (IMPACT). The toolkit includes a form that healthcare workers can use to report on suspected counterfeit medicines and a visual inspection checklist that can be used to judge whether or not a medicine might be fake. It also offers useful advice on how health professionals can answer media questions, how to communicate concerns to patients and how to educate the public on the dangers of counterfeit drugs.

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