Logo of Fake medicines, a real danger for health

You may not receive the treatment you need

You can be exposed to viral or bacterial infections (sterile products, vaccines)

Fake medicines can use toxic substances and can kill

Falsified medicines may lead to the development of resistant strains of infectious diseases

Advice for Travelers

Before your travel

  • Make sure the vaccinations required for the destination country are up to date
  • Pack your vaccination and medical records
  • Take the quantity of drugs you need for your trip, and more if you suffer from a chronic illness in case your return is delayed
  • Take your medical prescriptions; you may be asked for them at the border
  • Always keep essential drugs or an emergency kit with you in your carry-on luggage; don’t check them in

During your travel

  • Should you have a medical problem, consult a doctor before buying any medication (embassies provide lists of local doctors)
  • Only buy medications through official retail channels (mainly pharmacies)
  • When purchasing, check the integrity of the packaging, and any visible anomaly on the leaflet, blister pack or actual medicine
  • A very low-priced medicine may be a telltale sign of a counterfeit product

Four tips to remain safe if you buy medication on the internet

  • Only buy medicines from your country’s official online pharmacies published by health authorities as more than 90% of online pharmacies are likely to be illegal. In Europe, official online pharmacies display a clickable verification logo common to all EU member states (see image)
  • Avoid websites that sell prescription medicines without asking you for your prescription.  An online questionnaire is not enough to diagnose an illness or determine a treatment for it
  • Look at the online pharmacy’s confidentiality and security policies; they should be easy to find and understand
  • Do not communicate any personal information (social security number, credit card number, medical history)