FDA Warns About Counterfeit Mexican Drugs
Counterfeit versions of the drug Zocor (simvastatin) and carisoprodol were recently imported into the United States by individual Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Friday.
Tests revealed that the counterfeit Zocor did not contain any active ingredients and that the counterfeit carisoprodol differed in potency from the authentic drug. People who use these drugs could face serious health risks, the FDA said.
Zocor is a cholesterol lowering drug and carisoprodol is used to treat painful musculoskeletal conditions.
The FDA said that the counterfeit drugs were bought at Mexican border town pharmacies. They were sold under the names Zocor, 40/mg (lot number K9784, expiration date November 2004) and carisoprodol, 350/mg, (lot number 68348A).
Anyone who's purchased these counterfeit drugs should consult their doctor and contact their nearest FDA office.
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