Monday, 22 August 2011

Counterfeit Medicines – Enforcement and Intelligence


Last Friday, 19/08/2011, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) published in the Official Gazette, the ban on the import and use in the country of Levitra 20 mg (a medicine used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (impotence) ) lot BXB8551 because it is not genuine - counterfeit product. The fraud was discovered during a seizure of imported goods conducted by Anvisa’s team of ports and airports in Sao Paulo.

The real drug is manufactured by Bayer SA, which reported that the original batch was manufactured in 2002 – expiration date 2005.
The seizure is final and is effective immediately after publication of the measure in the Official Gazette.

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