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Publications on falsified medical products and related crimes

MEDICRIME vs Volcano

A practical case study on how the Council of Europe Convention could improve the fight against pharmaceutical crime (2019)

Medicrime vs VolcanoCo-ordinating authors: D. Di Giorgio & D. Russo

In 2014, Italian authorities carried out the “Volcano Operation” against an organisation reintroducing falsified medicines into a parallel trade network across Europe. More than 100 different medicines, 17 countries and 3000 transactions between operators were involved.

This study looks at how the proper implementation of the MEDICRIME Convention could help in this or similar matters and improve current regulations.

The report is available in English only and can be downloaded for free on the EDQM Freepub webpage (under "Counterfeit medicines and similar crimes"). Visit the EDQM Store to order a paper copy.

 

Open minds, free minds – No easy prey for counterfeit medicines and similarly dangerous medicines

Psycho-pedagogical concept guide for teachers (2015)

This booklet aims to inform and use interactive storytelling to support training and education in schools. The booklet, in comic form, is intended as a resource for teachers, trainers and social workers explaining the risks posed by falsified and illegal medical products to young people The goal is to encourage behaviour that will avoid exposure to such products. The comics were written by professionals to help children and adolescents learn preventive behaviour while having fun.

This publication is available in English and in French and can be downloaded for free on the EDQM Freepub webpage (under "Counterfeit medicines and similar crimes"). Visit the EDQM Store to order a paper copy.

This publication is also available in Portuguese and Serbian.

Lana Tafi – Strip igra o falsifikovanim lekovima (Lana Tafi – Comics and games on falsified medicines) is a similar initiative in comic form which has proved very popular in Serbia. It addresses the problem of the falsification of medical products. It also includes elements from the "Open minds, free minds" guide towards the end of the document.

 

Counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes ('medicrime')

A strategic approach to assist states in protecting the health of their citizens (2013)

Author: B. Wijnberg

Counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes ('medicrime')This publication presents a strategy to assist authority officials in revising legislation on medical products and public health in order to protect public health.

A flow chart and practical checklist will help realise this goal and to increase awareness on the role of appropriate structures, systems, procedures and powers. The strategy can contribute to creating networks between the public and the private sectors and other stakeholders committed to fighting the falsification of medical products and similar crimes.

This publication is available in English only. It can be downloaded for free on the EDQM Freepub webpage (under "Counterfeit medicines and similar crimes"). 

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Counterfeit Medicines: Facts and practical advice

Co-ordinating author: D. Di Giorgio (2011)

This publication, produced by Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) and EDQM together with experts who daily confront the problem, is aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness about counterfeiting of medicines which is often the object of unreliable information.

Root causes, types of counterfeit products, distribution paths, current legislation and the role of national and international institutions are examined through real case studies.

This publication is available only in English. It can be downloaded for free on the EDQM Freepub webpage (under "Counterfeit medicines and similar crimes"). 

 

Counterfeit Medical Products & Similar Crimes: Risk communication

Co-ordinating author D. Di Giorgio (2011)

This publication discusses risk communication from the angles of both pharmaceutical and communication sciences.

It addresses individual risk perception and the development and evaluation of communication, such as awareness campaigns, alerts of incidents and information about the internet as a means to increase literacy and how to avoid internet-related criminality.

The proactive and reactive communication models are discussed using practical examples.  

This publication is available only in English. It can be downloaded for free on the EDQM Freepub webpage (under "Counterfeit medicines and similar crimes"). 

 

The term "counterfeiting" as used in the Medicrime Convention is meant in its broadest sense of "falsification".

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