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Lisa Fayed

FDA Warns of Counterfeit Avastin

By February 15, 2012

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The FDA has issued a warning that a counterfeit version of the anti-cancer drug Avastin is being distributed to clinics in the U.S. According to drug maker Roche, counterfeit Avastin does not contain bevacizumab, the active ingredient in the drug. In a written statement from Genentech (part of the Roche family), the company cited the fake version as unsafe and ineffective.

According to reports, the FDA has contacted 19 clinics in the U.S. that were known to have purchased counterfeit Avastin from an overseas supplier. The investigation could reveal more clinics in the future.

More information for health care providers and patients can be found in this press release from Genentech.

March 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm
(1) Viviene says:

I think you will find that Labour has done its best to hinder cteiihras in some instances:VAT charges are one.Bringing in so many layers of administration that cteiihras that rely on PCT funding are having to wait much longerand worst of all, the Olympics are denying many cteiihras, not only cancer ones, money they relied on.And the credit crunch that Gordon Brown etc. instigated has meant a big drop in charity donations, especially from companies that now, instead of donating large sums, are going bust.No, the reason why cancer stats are improving is funding for research by hard-earned cash donated by people like us and the fact that big business is searching for the Holy Grail’ of a cancer cure but in the meantime is getting a good return IF their research comes in with a workable drug.Politics should be kept out of medicine. Turn the NHS back to the Matrons and Consultants who knew what patients wanted and needed and get rid of the massive layer of Administration that Labour has thrust on our health service.Verite R

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