Fake Avastin contains salt, starch

Salt, starch and some useless chemicals, but no active ingredient for Avastin. That is what Roche ($RHHBY) said tests of three samples of counterfeit Avastin found in the U.S. and Europe contained. The Swiss drugmaker was unable to determine if the ingredients in the fake drugs were actually dangerous. Two weeks ago, the FDA and Roche notified 19 medical practices in California, Texas and Illinois that they may have purchased counterfeit versions of the cancer drug that had made their way into the supply chain. The trail for the fakes has been tracked to Egypt, but it is unknown if they were manufactured there. Story | More