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Fda Warns Of Fake Cancer Fighting Drugs: Issues Notice Letters To 19 Us Medical Practices
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Fda Warns Of Fake Cancer Fighting Drugs: Issues Notice Letters to 19 Us Medical Practices

The US Food and Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical company, Roche Labs are both warning that a number of patients may have been given doses of a counterfeit version of the cancer treating drug, Avastin which has been circulating in the United States. That fake version of the drug does not have bevacizumab, the active ingredient in real Avastin. The FDA warns that these drugs are potentially unsafe and not effective in treating cancer. The investigation has not been completed as the FDA works to analyze what exactly is contained in that medication.

The FDA has issued letters of warning to nearly nineteen medical practices in the US that have been known to have purchased a number of potentially unapproved medications which may include the counterfeit Avastin. The drugs were possibly purchased by these practices and others from Quality Specialty Products which may also be known as Montana Health Care Solutions. QSP is a foreign supplier with a US distributorship in the state of Tennessee.

Avastin, has been one of Roche's top sellers, even after losing FDA authorization as a breast cancer treatment in 2011. it continues to be used for a number of other cancers, including colon, lung, kidney and cancer of the brain.

The phoney version of Avastin has been rumored to have originated in Egypt, however a second rumor has circulated in Europe that lists Turkey as the possible source of the medications. One European wholesale company has been quick to assure its networks that it was unaware of any problems with these medications.

The FDA cannot confirm whether or not the meds were actually distributed to patients. The letters that warned of the drug's circulation were sent to practices mostly in California, Texas and Illinois. Avastin is not the only medication that has been impacted with others, including other cancer treating meds have been counterfeited in the past.

The drugs in question have fake labels and expiration dates and the serial numbers listed on them are different from that of the real Avastin. One of the oncology clinics, located in California had already stopped dealing with Montana Health Care Solutions after becoming suspicious of the medications it was receiving. Those suspicions were noted as early as last July. Another clinic had announced that it had serious concerns about the prices that were being charged for some of the medications, including Avastin at more than a thousand dollars less than what it was listed at by Roche. All of the clinics are checking their medication stocks for any other potential counterfeits.


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