Australia : Fake hepatic medicines identified in Australia and other countries

In March fake vials of DEFIBROTIDE 200mg displaying batch number 0286 were identified in Australia. One month later, fake vials of DEFIBROTIDE 200mg vials had also been supplied to Saudi Arabia and Latvia, displaying batch number 0286 and 0126.
DEFIBROTIDE is used to treat hepatic veno-occlusive disease, in which the blood vessels in the liver become damaged and obstructed by blood clots. This can be caused by treatments prior to a stem cell transplantation. Laboratory analyses established that these fake products do not contain any of the expected active ingredient. The solution in the vials is also thought to be contaminated by mold.

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