Roche Warns of Counterfeit Cancer Drug in US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The maker of the best-selling cancer drug
Avastin is warning doctors and patients about counterfeit vials of
the product distributed in the U.S.

Roche's Genentech unit says the fake products do not contain the
key ingredient in Avastin, which is used to treat cancers of the
colon, lung, kidney and brain cancer.

Doctors who suspect they have received counterfeit drug should
contact the Food and Drug Administration or Roche.

The company says the counterfeit products do not have Genentech
printed on the packaging, which appears on all FDA-approved
packages of the drug. Additionally, real Avastin contains a
six-digit lot number with no letters.

The company believes drugs labeled with the following lot
numbers are fake: B86017, B6011 and B6010.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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