The Disease of Greed

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What is fake medicine?

What’s the difference between genuine, falsified or fake medicines — and how can we tell what’s real?

Fake objects in museums may seem harmless, but fake medicines and misinformation have real consequences for all of us.

Come and investigate hoaxes, forgeries and fakes in the world of public health in Southeast Asia.


  • Discover: explore the facts behind the headlines
  • Do: spot the difference between real and falsified medicines in our Typhoidland display
  • Dig Deeper: experience works from artists whose creativity has helped raise awareness of falsified or fake medicines in Southeast Asia



Fakes are often dismissed as rubbish.

But in a world where it’s increasingly hard to tell what’s real, they can help us understand what we value.

Who gets to say that something is real or fake. And why?

Professor Patricia Kingori, Curator, April Fakes

Free admission  |  Donations welcome

Before you visit ...

Find out more about what falsified and substandard medicines are, how we can spot them — and the researchers working on solving this public health problem.