There have been three cases of counterfeit versions of the cancer drug Avastin making it into the marketplace. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of the counterfeit versions is packaged as Altuzan and it does not contain the active ingredient of the “real” Avastin. Officials with the FDA have asked doctors to stop using any products from Medical Device King, Pharmalogical, or Taranis Medical.
According to The Associated Press, Altuzan labeled with the lot numbers B6022B01 and B6024B01 may be counterfeit. The FDA has reviewed Avastin but it has not approved Altuzan for use in the United States.
Avastin is a highly popular drug created by Roche used to treat cancer. It is sold in 120 countries and is manufactured at eight different locations worldwide. In the year 2012, it became the second most popular drug made by Roche and sales reached $5.8 billion. Anyone hoping to purchase Avastin at a discount should be wary of too good to be true prices that might indicate that the drug is counterfeit, stolen, substandard, or unapproved.
If you have suffered an injury or illness because of a defective drug, it is advisable to preserve the medication and all of the packaging. It may then be in your best interest to call an experienced product liability attorney at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. who can help you understand your legal rights and options.
It may be possible to hold the manufacturer of the dangerous or defective drug accountable for their negligence. In cases involving drugs used for the treatment of cancer, the results can prove fatal. So, it is important to get the help and support you need right away. Contact our offices today at (404) 995-3955 to learn more about how we can assist you in your case.