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Fake Drugs Entering the U.S.: Lawyers at Console & Hollawell Highlight Federal Warnings About Counterfeit Medications
Date:12/28/2012

Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) December 28, 2012

Federal regulators are warning more than 350 doctors and medical practices across the country that the Botox they received from a supplier in Canada does not carry federal approval and is most likely counterfeit. The reportedly fake anti-wrinkle drug, shipped by a company owned by Canada Drugs, does not have the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and therefore the agency can’t guarantee its effectiveness or its safety, according to NBC News. The report is the fifth of its kind in 2012 where the FDA issued a warning about drug manufacturers operating outside the country. In New Jersey, injury attorney Richard P. Console Jr. stresses the need for medical professionals to heed these warnings and avoid administering dangerous drugs to patients.

“Healthcare professionals and hospitals have a duty to use approved medications when treating patients,” he said. “Knowingly using a counterfeit drug or failing to inspect medication properly, puts patients at risk for additional injuries and could lead to malpractice actions down the road. Certainly, Botox is no compound to mess around with if you’re not absolutely sure it’s safe.”

The FDA reportedly commented that Canada Drugs has been at the center of shipping of other unapproved or counterfeit medications in 2012. In February, the FDA targeted shipments of the cancer drug Avastin made by Canada Drugs when it warned 19 healthcare providers in the United States of possible counterfeiting. The federal regulator also ordered the shutdown of 4,100 websites later in the year for selling unapproved medications to consumers in the United States, according to published reports. Many of those sites were reportedly operated by agents of Canada Drugs, says NBC News. '/>"/>

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