Posted on Feb 07, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has warned U.S. doctors that a fake version of the cancer drug Avastin has surfaced in the United States, the third time a counterfeit version of the best-selling drug has appeared in U.S. in the past year.

Avastin, which is manufactured and sold by Roche, is used to treat cancers of the colon, lung, kidney and brain.

The FDA indicated that at least one batch of the drug that did not contain the active ingredient of Avastin was distributed by Medical Device King, a New York company which also does business as Pharmalogical.  An attorney for Pharmalogical said that the company did not distribute the product in question. 

According to the FDA, it is unclear whether any U.S. patients have received the counterfeit drug.

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