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11/2/2011

Actavis Reports Counterfeit Phentermine, Stolen Drugs

Cheryl A. Thompson

Counterfeit phentermine hydrochloride tablets masquerading as legitimate Actavis Inc. product have been found in the United States, the company announced November 1. Also, last month, 100- and 500-count bottles of alprazolam, gabapentin, and oxycodone hydrochloride tablets made by the company were taken during a truck theft, according to a press release dated October 26.

The truck, the company said, contained 100-count bottles of alprazolam 2-mg tablets, lots 001J11 and 002J11; 500-count bottles of gabapentin 600-mg tablets, lots 117J11, 118J11, and 206K11; and 100-count bottles of oxycodone hydrochloride 15-mg tablets, lots 026J11 and 027J11.

Actavis does not currently market phentemine tablets in the United States, the company said.

Furthermore, according to the company, the counterfeit phentermine tablets contain fenfluramine, a drug not available for safety reasons in this country since 1997.

The company does have an FDA-approved abbreviated new drug application for phentermine hydrochloride 37.5-mg tablets, according to an agency database. But the related labeling states that the tablets' imprint includes the number "316." The imprint on the counterfeit tablets reportedly includes the number "159."

Actavis said the truck containing alprazolam, gabapentin, and oxycodone tablets was stolen on its way from the manufacturing site in New Jersey to a distribution center in Kentucky.

SecuringPharma.com has reported that the theft occurred October 19 in Pennsylvania while the driver was inside a truck stop purchasing cigarettes. He had left the truck running.

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