I just wanted to share some of the bigger counterfeit prescription drugs that have been seized recently to understand the scope of the copycat proble.
Swiss customs agents have seized one million fake tablets of anti-anxiety drug Xanax at the Zurich airport, which were destined for Egypt. The counterfeit tablets, packed in four crates and weighing 400kg, had originated in China. Testing performed on the fake drugs, which are prescribed to treat symptoms of acute anxiety, contained no active ingredients whatsoever. Xanax is a drug manufactured by Pfizer used to treat severe anxiety or panic disorder. The fake tablets were destroyed.
The FDA warned of a counterfeit dietary supplement for male sexual enhancement that could be particularly harmful to patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. The fake product is represented as “ExtenZe Maximum Strength” and looks similar to the actual product, ExtenZe, which is made by Monrovia, California-based Biotab Nutraceuticals Inc.
The FDA said its analysis showed that the counterfeit ExtenZe contains sildenafil, an active ingredient in various FDA-approved prescription medicines, including Pfizer’s Viagra, for erectile dysfunction. Biotab’s ExtenZe does not contain sildenafil, which cannot be taken without a prescription. The counterfeit product is available online and elsewhere without a prescription.
Sildenafil may interact with nitrates – found in some prescription drugs and often taken by men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease – and could lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.