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Counterfeited syringes with serum against hepatitis, found in three pharmacies

The Police opened a case of money laundering, tax evasion and sale of counterfeited products regarding the sale in pharmacies of syringes with serum against hepatitis. According to Police sources quoted by Mediafax, a number of counterfeited syringes with serum against B and C hepatitis were found in three pharmacies – two in the town of Pitesti and the third in the Ialomita County. “They contained a medicine called Pegasys. We found dozens of boxes of syringes, which were grossly forged. The serum is water with glucose, instead of a solution of active substance peginterferon alfa-2a, and the syringes are made of white plastic, although the original products are made of glass and have red pistons. Plus, the protecting cap is black, unlike the grey color of the original product,” say the sources. Furthermore, the package of the forged product does not display the color code and bar code. A Pegasys syringe costs over RON 750.
The Ministry of Health (MS) recommends patients who take Pegasys 180 mg/0.5 ml – injectable prefilled syringe – to immediately go their physicians if they bought such products during the last two weeks, in order to receive adequate therapy.
Roche Romania, the company that sells the product, announced that it informed the National Agency of Medicine in September about the identifying, in Germany, of a box with counterfeited Pegasys, but no suspicion regarding the existence of such boxes arose in Romania until November.

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