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    Thursday, August 31, 2006

    Canadian Counterfeiters: Those Canadian pharmacies may not be so legit:

    The FDA seized thousands of individual packages being shipped to Americas over the past several weeks, Lutter said. The drugs were coming into the U.S. from countries other than Canada even though documentation in the shipments showed they were ordered through Web sites that said they were supplied by Mediplan, a licensed Canadian pharmacy, Lutter said.

    The counterfeit samples didn't contain the proper amount of active ingredients or were contaminated, Lutter said.

    ..... In today's statement, the U.S. agency said testing of drugs intercepted on the way to U.S. consumers turned up counterfeits of Pfizer Inc.'s cholesterol drug Lipitor and painkiller Celebrex; AstraZeneca Plc's cholesterol pill Crestor, heartburn treatment Nexium and breast cancer drug Arimidex; and Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp.'s Zetia for cholesterol.

    The agency said it also found counterfeits of Merck's Hyzaar for high blood pressure and Propecia for baldness; Sanofi-Aventis SA and Procter & Gamble Co.'s Actonel for osteoporosis; and Novartis AG's blood pressure medication Diovan.

    The FDA said other Web sites linked to the probe are RxbyFax.com, Northcountryrx.com, My-Canada-pharmacy.com, NLRX.com, Canampharmacy.com, Canada-Meds-For-Less.net and Canadian-safe.com.
     

    posted by Sydney on 8/31/2006 08:43:00 AM 1 comments

    1 Comments:

    However, a point I raised in my posting on Eye on FDA regarding this issue, the story of counterfeit drugs coming in from Canada overshadows the fact that we have a much greater problem with counterfeit drugs in the U.S. than does Canada, which does not make the top 10 list of countries with counterfeit issues.

    By Blogger Mark Senak, at 12:21 PM  

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