"Fight the Fakes" is a campaign that aims to raise awareness about substandard medications, which is a big threat to public and patient safety. University College of London students and faculty have been prominent in the Fight the Fakes campaign, with students and faculty members representing at local and global meetings to raise awareness and advocacy for this very important cause.
The following editorial was posted on April 2018 on the Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Click here to view the full article.
The illegal market in fake medicines is a growing threat and is harming patients the world over—this was the headline of Fight the Fakes, an event at University College London (UCL) on March 16, 2018, which aimed to provoke action on the urgent global issue of falsified and substandard medicines.
October’s in North Carolina can be described as festive, colorful, and delicious. The North Carolina State Fair is an annual 2 week long event that attracts millions of people from across the state who come to indulge in crazy food, check out the largest pumpkin, and end the night with some festive fireworks. Having lived in NC since I was 3, going to the state fair every year has been a tradition of mine. You can find crazy foods such as Krispy Kreme burgers to 8 pound turkey legs all within a short 5 minute walk from one another. My personal favorites from this past year include the deep fried Reese-O (shown below), and a spicy chipotle cheeseburger from a local vender. Some must-ride attractions are the zipper, centrifuge, and the chair lifts (also pictured below). If you have never been to the State Fair, then you should definitely add it on your bucket list to check out next year!
In addition to the state fair, there are many other activities to do once fall roles around. After eating your weight in food at the fair, you will want one that preferably allows to you sit down and my recommendation is to carve a Jack-O-Lantern! Carving a Jack-O-Lantern is one of my personal favorite and longest running Fall tradition since back when they used to be as big as me (shown below). I get whoever I can and bring them out to a local pumpkin patch with me, pick out the best possible pumpkins, and go home and carve it for Halloween (shown below). Jack-O-Lantern’s are a Halloween and Fall staple and can easily become an elaborate and competitive activity. At the Eshelman School of Pharmacy going out to the pumpkin patch is a bonding activity many of the new initiates into the Fraternities partake in. When you first start out carving you might be in for a bit of a shock because you have to hollow out the pumpkin and it’s quite the messy process. However, afterwards is the fun part of carving! After you are done carving you have to take it outside and light it up with a candle on Halloween night (or for the whole month of October). In addition to having used the pumpkin for creating a Jack-O-Lantern, pumpkins are also used as a spice in many fall seasonal items such as a pumpkin spiced latte, pie, and pumpkin bread!
Overall, the Fall season in North Carolina offers many exciting and fun seasonal activities. While the leaves change colors, going to the North Carolina State Fair and carving a Jack-O-Lantern is an excellent way to get immersed in the season all in one day!