Welcome to the EAASM website

Contact us at enquiries@eaasm.eu to share your experiences of buying medicines online, or receiving medicines from your pharmacist which have seemed out of the ordinary.

The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM) is an independent, pan-European initiative dedicated to protecting patient safety by ensuring access to safe and legitimate medicines. The Alliance was formed by a cross-section of European stake-holders from a variety of backgrounds. Its key activities include campaigning for the safer use of unlicensed or off-label medicines and also the exclusion of counterfeit and substandard medicines from the supply chain, raising public awareness around such issues, and promoting effective legislation and enforcement in relation to falsified medicines.
On this website you will find a wealth of information about counterfeit and substandard medicines. Our top tips section will help you to reassure yourself that the prescription medicine you are buying is genuine. Our news section will provide you with the latest news on counterfeit medicines in Europe and around the world as well as updates about the EAASM activities. The EAASM constantly updates and adds useful resources to the website so you can get as much information as possible about obtaining safe medicines.
2 top tips

to reassure yourself that the prescription medicine you are buying is genuine

No-one knows your medicine better than you do. Simple steps may help you avoid buying counterfeit medicines
Familiarise yourself with every aspect of packaging
Check that the medicine is in date
Check carefully that it is consistent in colour and texture
Does it crumble?
Does it smell or taste different?

Fake medicines being sold in Indonesia

Police in central Jakarta, Indonesia conducted surveillance and a test purchase of prescription and non-prescription medicines being sold over the counter in a small drug store. The authenticity of the medicines was verified with Badan Pengawasan Obat dan Makanan (BPOM), the Indonesian Government’s food and drug supervisory agency and the medicines were declared to be counterfeit. The investigation was conducted in collaboration with the United States Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program. (20 July 2007, United States Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, American Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia)

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