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Public Alert - Counterfeit Cancer Medicine (Avastin)

Wednesday, 9th August 2017

National Drug Authority (NDA) informs health service providers and the public that it has impounded some unregistered and counterfeit medicines; Avastin (Bevacizumab) tablets packed in plastic jar on the market that bears the following features:

Avastin 400mg, Batch no : NC 2001 Expiry date : 02/2019

Avastin distinguishing features of the genuine from the counterfeit

  
 
     Genuine Avastin

 
                 Counterfeit Avastin
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Registered manufacturers are Roche based in Germany and Switzerland


 

Claimed to be "Made in Sweden AstraZeneca 2014. Astrazeneca and Turbuhaler are trade marks of Astrazeneca group of companies. AstraZeneca Pty Ltd Alma Road, North Ryde NSW 2113 Australia"

Wrong spelling of the name AstraZeneca in some places as "AstraZenaca" and group as "grroup"



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Is supplied only as an injection for intravenous use

Is presented as bluish - grey tablets