The Netherlands : First case of counterfeiting identified by European medicines review system: Dutch wholesaler uncovers batch of fake Avastin

Four boxes of fake products in Bulgarian packaging were found at a Dutch pharmaceutical wholesale company. The fake products were detected when the wholesaler scanned one of the boxes, as is now compulsory since the introduction of the Falsified Medicines Directive. This is the first case of forgery to be caught by the European medicines review system. Patients were not exposed to the illicit products as the fake packages were intercepted before they reached pharmacy shelves. The medicine manufacturer’s lab screening results indicate that only the medicine packaging was fake.

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