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Warning, Counterfeit Procrit (Epoetin Alfa)

March 14, 2003

On March 12 the U.S. FDA and Ortho Biotech warned of counterfeit Procrit, which is dangerous because the batches found are not sterile, and have no active ingredient. The lot numbers are:

P007645 - 40,000 units/mL, Expiration 10-2004
P004677 - 40,000 units/mL, Expiration 02-2004
P004839 - 40,000 units/mL, Expiration 02-2004

These lot numbers were also used on authentic Procrit. Sometimes the packages can be distinguished with the help of photos on the Ortho Biotech Web site.

Anyone finding suspicious product should contact the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, 1-800-835-4709, prompt #1, then prompt #5. Also call Ortho Biotech at 1-800-325-7504.

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Copyright 2003 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.



  
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