Table 3

Drug alerts relating to falsified medicines

NumberMedicinesYearFormulationRecall levelStated problem/defect descriptionClass of drug alert (1–4)
1Salmeterol 25 μg/fluticasone propionate 250 μg (seretide 250)2009EvohalerPharmacy and wholesalerA reduced patient dose2
2Sensodyne original and sensodyne mint in 50 mL tubes2007ToothpasteCautionCounterfeit toothpaste contains diethylene glycol (nephrotoxic and neurotoxic poison)4
3Clopidogrel 75 mg (Plavix)*2007TabletsPharmacyNot likely to pose an immediate risk to patients. (parallel imported product)1
4Bicalutamide 50 mg (Casodex)2007TabletsPatient1
5Clopidogrel 75 mg (Plavix)*2007TabletsPharmacy1
6Olanzapine 10 mg (Zyprexa)2007TabletsPatient1
7Atorvastatin 20 mg (Lipitor)*2006TabletsPharmacy2
8Atorvastatin 20 mg (Lipitor)*2006TabletsPharmacy2
9Atorvastatin 20 mg (Lipitor)2005TabletsPharmacy2
10Sibutramine 15 mg (Reductil)2004CapsulesPatient2
11Tadalafil 20 mg (Cialis)2004TabletsPatient2
  • *Separate incidents of the same drug in the same year.