More Counterfeit Neupogen Vials Found
Lot number P000992 is the subject of the company's most recent announcement about the filgrastim product. Legitimate vials in this lot bear an expiration of "06/02"; counterfeit vials show "06/03."
In addition, the company suspects that there may be counterfeit vials of lot number P000905. Legitimate vials in this lot bear an expiration of "02/02"; counterfeit vials show "08/02."
Vials from lot numbers P000889 and P000819 are counterfeit. The company did not assign those lot numbers to the Neupogen product line.
The article below was posted on this Web page May 11, 2001.
Amgen Inc. announced yesterday that counterfeit drug products bearing the name Neupogen have been found in the U.S. drug supply.
This is the second time this year that the company's filgrastim product has been the subject of an effort to pass off a fake for the real thing.
The company advises pharmacies, physicians, and wholesalers to check their 300-microgram Neupogen vials for the following features:
Photographs of the authentic and counterfeit products can be viewed at the Amgen Web site.
Anyone who has a Neupogen-labeled vial and suspects it to be a counterfeit should call the Food and Drug Administration at 800-835-4709.