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Counterfeit Cancer Drug Found in U.S.

February 16, 2012  ·  By HM&M


Swiss drug maker Roche is warning doctors, hospitals, and patient groups that a counterfeit version of its widely used cancer drug, Avastin, has been found in the U.S.

Tests of counterfeit vitals indicated that they did not contain the active ingredient used in the cancer drug. At this point, it is not clear how much of the counterfeit product was distributed in the U.S. or whether it has caused any harm. The FDA has not received any reports of side effects linked to the counterfeit product, but has sent letters warning medical practices that might have purchased counterfeit Avastin.

As a personal injury lawyer, I feel this incident highlights the growing danger of counterfeit and mislabeled medications in the U.S. Many Americans are unaware that any drug, whether prescription or over-the-counter, is susceptible to be either counterfeited or mislabeled, which could lead to various hazardous results. For instance, when a drug is counterfeited or mislabeled, a patient with a severe allergy to a particular ingredient could unknowingly ingest that ingredient if it is contained in the counterfeit or mislabeled drug.

In light of these concerns, I urge everyone to exercise caution when it comes to all medications and to contact a medical professional immediately upon any unexpected or adverse reactions.

February 16, 2012

Cook County Morgue Fails to Identify Body for 14 Months, Suit Alleges

The Chicago law firm of Hurley, McKenna & Mertz P.C. has filed a lawsuit against the County of Cook on behalf of the family of a woman whose body lay unidentified in the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office for over fourteen [14] months. The suit alleges that 47 year-old Carmelita Johnson went missing in Chicago... Read More

February 16, 2012

Boy Scouts of America Ordered To Turn Over Confidential Files in Sex Abuse Case

A California judge recently ordered the Boy Scouts of America to hand over confidential files detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders as part of a lawsuit brought by the family of a boy molested by his troop leader. According to a CBS/AP report, the documents sought are known as “ineligible volunteer files,” which... Read More

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