Stolen Novo growth hormone sold on Internet

The spectacular, $90 million burglary of a warehouse full of Eli Lilly ($LLY) drugs in 2010 continues to be in the news as some of the two dozen suspects get charged or convicted. But the U.S. is not the only place where major pharmaceutical cargo theft happens. Denmark's Novo Nordisk ($NVO) is worried about its reputation as Internet sites sell the human growth hormone that it produces, which is particularly popular with weightlifters. Some of it is inevitably counterfeit, Novo Nordisk spokesperson Kaj Møller tells The Copenhagen Post. But the drugmaker believes some of it is real and likely came from "two major thefts," one this year and another in 2008, Møller said. The newspaper indicates that Denmark is known for the sale and use of  muscle enhancing drugs among its weightlifting culture but that law enforcement authorities, like those around the world, find it difficult to stop because the drugs are sold through websites in other countries. Story | More