Fake Cancer Drug
March 10, 2012 by staff
Fake Cancer Drug, U.S. investigators are looking at pharmacy companies with possible Canadian connections as they seek the source of fake cancer drugs.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning last month that a counterfeit version of Avastin, a popular cancer drug, had been purchased and used by 10 medical practices in three American states.
In the counterfeit versions of the drug, believed to have come from Egypt and Turkey via several European countries, the active ingredient was replaced with starch, cleaning solvents and other chemicals, authorities found.
The FDA is investigating three specific distributors that are believed to have connections to companies owned by Thomas Haughton, a Canadian based in Barbados.
“You have to look at where they get these drugs,” Shelly Burgess, a spokesperson for the FDA, told CBC News on Wednesday.
“Nearly all of these drugs that come into the U.S. via international mail or courier violate the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in some way.”
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