The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration has uncovered counterfeit Ozempic photographs within the official U.S. drug provide chain, and is warning sufferers to be on their guard.
The FDA stated Thursday that it has seized hundreds of counterfeit doses of Ozempic, the weight-loss drug manufactured by Novo Nordisk, however warned that extra would possibly nonetheless be accessible for buy.
Sufferers, practitioners and pharmacies are particularly warned to not promote or use Ozempic 1-milligram (mg) injections labeled with lot quantity NAR0074 and serial quantity 430834149057, the FDA stated.
Individuals in possession of Ozempic doses assembly that description can report the counterfeit product on to the FDA’s Workplace of Felony Investigations, the company stated.
The company and the drugmaker are testing the seized merchandise, however have no info but in regards to the pretend medicine’ identification, high quality or security.
5 individuals have gotten sick from injections of the counterfeit Ozempic, however no instances have been severe, the FDA stated.
The sickened sufferers all suffered uncomfortable side effects according to official Ozempic, like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach ache and constipation.
The remainder of the Ozempic injection package deal can be counterfeit, together with the needles, the injection pen label, the carton and the accompanying physician and affected person info, the FDA stated.
As a result of the needles are counterfeit, their sterility cannot be assured and an injection presents an an infection threat to anybody utilizing the pretend product, the FDA stated.
In a news release issued Thursday, Novo Nordisk inspired sufferers to solely purchase Ozempic by pharmacies.
“If a prescription is crammed through a significant retailer who makes use of our licensed distributors, Novo Nordisk believes the danger of receiving counterfeit product is minimized,” the corporate stated.
The FDA seizures occurred in warehouses exterior the corporate’s licensed provide chain, Novo Nordisk instructed NBC Information.
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