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Fake drugs a growing menace

Counterfeit: imitation of genuine, forged. Fake: artificial, made to deceive, not real.

These two words apply to make things in life, from personalities (persona) to clothing, jewelry, art work, electronics, movies, videos, personal identification, birth certificates, driver’s license, money and even drugs.

Americans should be familiar with counterfeit or fake items, mainly money. An individual with counterfeit money stands to lose several ways, none as catastrophic as with fake or counterfeit drugs.

The menace and danger of fake drugs is spreading across the U.S. as unscrupulous folks ply their “trade” of cheap and dangerous drugs. These drugs were aimed mainly at poor countries where inspections, regulations and oversight were less stringent than in the United States.

This criminal practice is a multibillion-dollar trade that is growing since many drug ingredients sold in the U.S. are manufactured overseas.

With the economy experienced in the U.S. and around the world, this dangerous and potentially deadly scam is no surprise.

An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration is looking at the fake drug after the discovery of a version of the cancer drug Avastin was circulating in the U.S.

Other fake drugs have been discovered in the U.S. as counterfeiters try to make inroads into the growing U.S. market.

The fake Avistan was imported from Britain and distributed by a Tennessee firm. British officials notified the FDA in December about the cancer drug.

It was distributed in California (16 sites), Texas (2) and Chicago (1), FDS officials reported.

It was only last week that this drug was determined to be a fake.

FDA officials, inspectors and staff are monitoring this and similar situations to make the United States’ drug market secure … as far as possible.

That is what the public expects.