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Counterfeits of impotence drug appear in the United Kingdom

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:532
  1. Liza Gibson
  1. London

    Counterfeit versions of the erectile dysfunction treatment tadalafil (Cialis) have been found in the United Kingdom's legitimate supply chain. This is the first such occurrence since the discovery of fake versions of the ulcer drug ranitidine (Zantac), packaged as Azantac, in 1994.

    The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency issued a drug alert last week informing healthcare professionals of two fake batches of Cialis (20 mg; lot numbers A031410 and A041410).

    However, it is not known how many counterfeit tablets have entered the supply chain or how many …

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