Sunday, August 24, 2014   

France busts record 2.4m doses of dodgy China drugs
(04-10 18:56)

French customs have confiscated millions of counterfeit drugs from China in what they described as the biggest seizure in the European Union.
A total of 2.4 million doses of drugs for ailments including diarrhea, headaches and erectile dysfunction were seized at the end of February in the port of Le Havre in boxes labelled as containing Chinese tea, customs officials said today.
“Some of the drugs contain no active ingredient, which constitutes outright cheating of consumers,'' a statement from the customs executive said.
“Others have different levels of the active ingredient compared to the authentic drug which means they could represent a serious health risk for patients taking them.''
According to French customs, the previous record seizure in the EU was for 1.2 million doses of counterfeit aspirin, also made at Le Havre in Normandy, in May 2013.—AFP
   
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