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Welcome to the Anti-Counterfeit Drug Campaign (ACDC) section of the IPSF website! We work towards helping healthcare students create advocacy campaigns in their countries to help combat the problems of counterfeit and substandard medications. Counterfeit medications or pharmaceutical products are produced and sold with the intent to deceptively represent its

  • Origin
  • Effectiveness
  • Authenticity
  • Manufacturing
  • Packaging


The extent of counterfeit drugs in the marketplace is unknown at this time. However, the estimates of counterfeit drugs available to patients ranges anywhere from <1% in developed countries upwards to >60% in some developing countries. It is believed that approximately 10% of the world’s available drug supply is counterfeit.

To combat the problems of counterfeit medications, IPSF started ACDC in 2008. Currently, students have several options to get a campaign started with, including (but not limited to):

  1. Distributing brief fliers containing instructions among members in youth campaigns.
  2. Hanging posters and warnings everywhere in the university, including other schools.
  3. Sending simple e-mail instructions to their mailing lists.
  4. Arranging competitions about counterfeit medicines among students of other schools to increase their awareness.
  5. Discussing the issue in brief with simple instructions on blogs and social networking groups.
  6. Organising simple workshops within the faculty by the senior students (those who are about to graduate) to help increase the junior students' background about the subject.
  7. Reporting suspected cases to the authorities in order to bring illicit activities to their attention.
  8. Working with their government officials to re-enforce and support the expansion of anti-counterfeit drug laws.


These are merely some examples of what can be done. Think of how to best make a campaign work in your area, and go for it! Materials to help get you started are available on this website under counterfeit.ipsf.org


If you have any questions or ideas on how to improve the IPSF ACDC, please contact the ACDC Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

© 2015 - 2017 International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation - All rights reserved. - IPSF is the leading international advocacy organisation for pharmacy students with the aim to promote improved public health through provision of information, education, networking as well as a range of publications and professional initiatives. Today, the Federation represents over 350,000 pharmacy students and young graduates from 84 countries worldwide.
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