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Communication / Conference: A death due to counterfeit anti-cancer drug in the United States

Communication / Conference: A death due to counterfeit anti-cancer drug in the United States


The Partnership for Safe Medicines


In 2011, a woman died in Arizona of advanced stage lung cancer. She was treated with counterfeit Avastin. In a Danish documentary “Lethal Fake Medicine / Medicin der Dræber”, FDA-OCI investigator Dan Burke describes what happened to her:

“This is a case involving counterfeit Avastin, which is a cancer medication. That case really started with a victim, a woman who went into an oncology clinic and had a reaction to the Avastin. And we come to find out it wasn’t Avastin at all, it was labeled Altzuan, which is a Turkish version, and we found out that it did not contain the active pharmaceutical ingredient.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the doctor’s office which they determined was water and mold. The doctor was informed that she had purchased counterfeit drugs.

In January 2014, Ozkan Semizoglu and Sabahaddin Akman of Ozay Pharmaceuticals were sentenced to 30 months in prison for their role in delivering fake cancer drugs to illicit suppliers based in Canada.

 

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