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Counterfeit Avastin Spreads

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Counterfeit Avastin Spreads

A counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin was sold to American pharmacies from the U.K., MSNBC reports.

This isn't the first time the fake drug was found in American pharmacies, but it does highlight the extent of the sales of the counterfeit medication. According to the news source, the fake Avastin was purchased by a U.K.-based business from a Turkish wholesaler, and then disseminated from there.

Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is currently investigating the matter to determine how the counterfeit batch entered the country before being sold to the U.S. market.

"It's an ongoing investigation," MHRA spokeswoman Jennifer Kyne told the news source. "We're helping the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) with their investigation and doing all we can on our side."

The fake Avastin first hit the U.S. market in February. It lacks a crucial cancer-fighting chemical that could hinder the recovery of people taking the drug.