Colombia: 170,000 pieces of counterfeit medicines based on talc, flour and cement seized in Bogota

On March 19, 2015, the Colombian authorities dismantled a clandestine laboratory of fake drugs located in the south of Bogota. A counterfeit version of a drug to lower cholesterol was discovered. The original drug is originally owned by a German laboratory and delivered on prescription.

These fake drugs were sold 30,000 Colombian pesos and conditioned by four. As for the originals, they are conditioned by 30 and worth 250,000 Colombian pesos per packaging.

170,000 units of this fake drug based on talc, flour and cement were seized with a value estimated at between 1.5 billion and 1.8 billion Colombian pesos (or between US$600,000 and US$700,000). These drugs were mainly sold in Colombia and Ecuador.

Patients who have taken these fake drugs could suffer of severe digestive and kidney problems.

Source: Noticias Caraco and El Espectator

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