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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
ROMANIA: Counterfeit Syringes with Serum Against Hepatitis Found in Drugstores in Romania, Police Starts Investigation
By Irina Popescu
November 11, 2013 (11.08.2013) reported that the Romanian police and National Agency for Medicines are investigating the discovery of counterfeit samples of the drug Pegasys in three drugstores. The fake drug is in syringes containing water and glucose instead of active substance peginterferon alfa-2a. The syringes are plastic with white pistons whereas the real syringes are glass with red pistons. The Ministry of Health advises patients using Pegasys to see their doctors if they purchased the drug in the last two weeks. The investigation began after patients complained. The company that sells the drug reported that it had notified the National Agency of Medicine in September that a counterfeit box of Pegasys was found in Germany.