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FDA Issues Counterfeit Avastin Alert

February 14, 2012
Source: FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert that counterfeit Avastin—a drug approved for cancer treatment that is often used off-label to treat wet macular degeneration—has gotten into the US marketplace. More detailed information, including suspect counterfeit lot numbers, is available on the website of the drug's manufacturer Genentech.

Interested people can visit the site, which includes background on the situation and photos of the bottle and packaging of both the real and the counterfeit drugs. Those who are getting injections of Avastin, or caring for people who are, may want to discuss this matter with their doctors.  The FDA is expected to provide additional information on this situation. 

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