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Are the Prescription Drugs You Are Taking Real, or Counterfeit? HDNet's Dan Rather Reports Investigates
Date:9/13/2010

DALLAS, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Tomorrow night, "Dan Rather Reports" will present an investigation into the distribution of counterfeit drugs.  These are not just lifestyle drugs like Viagra or Cialis, these are counterfeit versions of life saving drugs like Aricept, used for the treatment of Alzheimer's and Casodex, used to treat prostate cancer.  This insidious crime is netting billions of dollars for criminals while, potentially robbing unsuspecting victims of something more important than money... their health.

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The hour begins with footage that has never been broadcast before, footage of Chinese businessman Kevin Xu, videotaped by agents of the Federal government.  Xu is currently serving a six and a half year sentence for conspiring with others in the Peoples Republic of China to traffic in counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs.  Xu first met with U.S. law enforcement in Thailand in 2007, when he was hoping to move large quantities of expensive counterfeit prescription medicines - little did he know that his potential customer was actually a U.S. Customs agent wearing a wire and that the entire meeting was being videotaped at a distance by another officer.  

"Mr. Xu was unlike any other person that we had encountered.  Most individuals that come on our radar typically counterfeit lifestyle enhancing drugs; drugs such as Cialis and Viagra," said Andre Watson, the U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement special agent tasked with watching Kevin Xu.  "In the case of Mr. Xu he offered a wide variety of drugs. Just by the array of products it was clear that he had access to manufacturing and distribution capabilities."

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