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U.S. and Cambodia Launch Anti-Counterfeit Medication Campaign

February 27, 2012
(State Dept Photo)

Taing Molinik (center), the winner of the slogan contest.

(State Dept Photo)

The posters will be displayed in pharmacies all around Cambodia.

The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Health launched a national public outreach campaign to raise awareness on the dangers of counterfeit and substandard medications.  Acting Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), David Richelsoph, and Chou Yin Sim, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health, unveiled a specially designed poster, featuring the winning slogan from a nation-wide contest that attracted over 2,000 entries.  Taing Molinik, a third-year student at the Royal University of Law and Economics received an iPad for coming up with the chosen slogan.  Her winning slogan roughly translates to, “Counterfeit medicine kills, while real medicine heals.”  The posters will be displayed in pharmacies all around Cambodia. 

Acting DCM Richelsoph emphasized the importance of reducing fake medications, “Drug counterfeiting robs the Cambodian people of the faith and confidence they deserve to have in medicines that they believe will help them to treat their medical conditions.  Passing off a fake medical product or stealing it for re-distribution on a gray market is a direct threat to public health.” 

This project is part of a regional outreach campaign, taking place in the Lower Mekong Initiative countries of Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos.  The overall objective is to increase awareness about the dangers of counterfeit and substandard medications.