Counterfeit Drugs Are Big Business
WASHINGTON (AP) - The discovery that a fake version of the widely used cancer medicine Avastin is circulating in the United States is raising new fears that the multibillion-dollar drug-counterfeiting trade is
increasingly making inroads in the U.S.
The practice is largely found in poor countries with lax regulations. But with more medicines and drug ingredients for sale in the U.S. being manufactured overseas, American authorities are afraid more
counterfeits will find their way into this country, putting patients' lives at risk.
The Avastin discovery follows other recent instances in the U.S. of counterfeiting, involving such drugs as Viagra, the cholesterol medicine Lipitor and the weight-loss pill Alli.
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