Fake Avastin Sends Docs Scrambling To Check Records

Source: Matthew Perrone / MSNBC

WASHINGTON — The discovery that a fake version of the widely used cancer medicine Avastin is circulating in the United States is raising new fears that the multibillion-dollar drug-counterfeiting trade is increasingly making inroads in the U.S.

The practice has largely been relegated to poor countries with lax regulations. But with more medicines and drug ingredients for sale in the U.S. being manufactured overseas, American authorities are afraid more counterfeits will find their way into this country, putting patients’ lives at risk.

The Avastin discovery follows other recent instances in the U.S. of counterfeiting, involving such drugs as Viagra, the cholesterol medicine Lipitor and the weight-loss pill Alli.

“We do know there are counterfeits continuing to try and make their way onto the U.S. supply chain,” said Connie Jung, an associate director in the Food and Drug Administration’s office of drug security.

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