Cancer Groups Weigh In on Counterfeit Drug Issue

Fight Colorectal Cancer, along with five other cancer groups, has sent a letter to Congress urging action to protect patients from counterfeit or unsafe medicines. In February 2012, vials of fake Avastin (bevacizumab) were distributed in the United States. Avastin is a critical drug for metastatic colorectal cancer patients. The fake vials did not include bevacizumab at…  Read More

Watch Out for Fake Adderall

The FDA is warning consumers about counterfeit Adderall advertised on the Internet. The fake pills are not made by Teva Pharmaceuticals, contain none of the active Adderall ingredients, and instead have ingredients that may be dangerous. Adderall is a stimulant approved by the FDA to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy, but is occasionally prescribed off-label…  Read More

Fake Drugs are a Global Problem

The counterfeit drug trade has reached global proportions, and solving the problem needs a global approach. So says an editorial in this week’s The Lancet. While the Avastin announcement last week raised lots of concern and media attention, the issue of counterfeit drugs isn’t new. In 2009, the European Union seized 34 million fake pills in…  Read More

Fake Avastin Discovered in US

The Food and Drug Adminstration and Genentech have reported that counterfeit Avastin is being distributed in the United States. The counterfeit medicine does not contain bevacizumab, Avastin’s active ingredient. The packaging is different from genuine Avastin marketed here by Genentech. It includes a Roche logo which isn’t on the real drug, along with different codes. Avastin…  Read More