FDA Warns Docs as More Fake Cancer Drugs Hit U.S.

by Nate Wooley | February 7, 2013 1:00 pm

FDA Warns Docs as More Fake Cancer Drugs Hit U.S.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising doctors about another batch of counterfeit drugs.

The FDA says the fake version of the cancer-fighting drug Avastin contains none of the active ingredients, reports the Associated Press[1]. This is the third counterfeit batch of Avastin — made by Roche (PINK:RHHBY[2]) — to be caught this year.

The batches are labeled “Altuzan,” which is the Turkish version of Avastin. Avastin is an injectable cancer-fighting drug used to treat lung, brain, kidney and colon cancers. However, Altuzan is not approved for use in the U.S. at all.

In a release on its website[3], the FDA says the counterfeit drugs come from one of these companies: Medical King, Pharmacological or Taranis Medical. Any medical professionals with these drugs from these companies should stop using them and contact the FDA immediately[4].

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Endnotes:
  1. reports the Associated Press: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FAKE_CANCER_DRUG_FDA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
  2. RHHBY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RHHBY
  3. a release on its website: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/CounterfeitMedicine/ucm338283.htm
  4. contact the FDA immediately: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/CriminalInvestigations/default.htm
  5. Merck Tumbles on Drug Worries: http://investorplace.com/2013/02/merck-tumbles-on-drug-worries/
  6. 5 of Pharma’s Most Disastrous Drug Approvals: http://investorplace.com/2012/06/5-of-pharmas-most-disastrous-drug-approvals/
  7. Keryx Shares Soar on Upbeat Kidney Disease Drug Results: http://investorplace.com/2013/01/keryx-shares-soar-on-upbeat-kidney-disease-drug-results/

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