Counterfeit medicine recalls and previously seen counterfeits

This section details all instances of known counterfeit medicines that have come to the attention of the MHRA that have either; been discovered in the licensed UK supply chain, or are products that present a risk to the UK licensed supply chain.

This section may be used as a reference for known batches of counterfeit medicines discovered in the United Kingdom.

Falsified Medical Products discovered in the licensed UK supply chain that were recalled

Year Product Batch no and expiry date Drug Alert Location of Discovery
May 2009 Seretide 250 Evohaler 8 ml pressurised inhalers 1183R – 06/2009 EL(09)A/12 UK supply chain
July 2007 Sensodyne Original and Sensodyne Mint 50ml Tubes PROD 07 2005 / EXP 08 / 2008 EL(07)A/13 UK supply chain
UK supply chain
June 2007 Plavix 75mg 3103/1 to 3103/20 inclusive - 07/2009 EL(07)A/09 UK supply chain
Casodex 50mg 65520 - 07/2011 EL(07)A/08 UK supply chain
May 2007 Plavix 75mg 3098 - 08/2008 EL(07)A/07 UK supply chain
6Y098 - 07/2009 UK supply chain
Zyprexa 10mg A200127 - 02/2009 EL(07)A/06 UK supply chain
A216454 - 03/2009
A229505 - 03/2009
August 2006 Lipitor 20mg 067404K3 - 05/2007 EL(06)A/17 UK supply chain
July 2006 Lipitor 20mg 004405K1 - 11/2007 EL(06)A/16 UK supply chain
Propecia 1mg 243828, exp 06/2007   UK supply chain
February 2006 Viagra 100mg 2183401, exp 10/2008 None issued Illicit supply chain
July 2005 Lipitor 20mg 004405K1 - 11/2007 EL(05)A/11PDF file (opens in new window) (40Kb) UK supply chain
September 2004 Reductil 15mg 65542 - 01/2007 EL(04)A/08PDF file (opens in new window) (129Kb) UK supply chain
August 2004 Cialis 20mg A031410 - 06/2006 EL(04)/07PDF file (opens in new window) (50Kb) UK supply chain
A041410 - 06/2006 UK supply chain

Other known falsified medical products

Year Product Batch no and expiry date Location of Discovery Legitimate batch number
September 2013 Symbicort 320/9 Turbohaler PAWT on packaging
PAFA/PAUF/PAFL/PAPL
Exp:
04/2014
11/2014
09/2014
UK Wholesaler Yes, PAFA/PAUF/PAFL/PAPL - Turkish Market
PAWL – EU market
August 2013 Gentamicin 80mg solution for injection

L12020299  Exp:  03/2015

Guatemalan supply chain Yes, Central American market
Biviol

920569

German supply chain Yes, German Market
Postinor 0.75mg

T13073C, T54365E, T99128L, T12104B

Illicit supply chain N/K
July 2013

Postinor 2 levonorgestrel tablet, 0.75 mg

T13073C, T54365E, T99128L, T12104B Nigerian supply chain Yes, West African Market

Sulfardoxine 500mg/Pyrimethamine 25mg

1833, Exp 02/2014 Illicit supply chain Yes, Central American market
Sutent 50mg

T737E, Exp 03/2015
U299B, Exp 10/2015

German and Romanian supply chain Yes
June 2013 Cialis 20mg 05668 Illicit supply chain Yes, Israeli market
Viagra 100mg

B314 833021

Illicit supply chain No
May 2013 Sustanon 250 3CSH550 Illicit supply chain N/K
April 2013 Coartem F1901, F2261, Exp: Jan-14 Cameroon supply chain Yes, West African Market
Remicade 100mg

2RMKA822, 2RMKA828,
2RMKA831, 2RMKA834.

Expiry:  08/2015
UK supply chain, not beyond wholesale level Yes, Romanian Market
March 2013 Omeprazole 20mg BZ4333
E008
E018
G003
German supply chain Yes
May 2012 Panadol Extra 500mg/65mg 100055, Exp 10/2015 Illicit supply chain  Yes, Middle East market 
  Panadol Cold and Flu 500mg/65mg/5mg 100231, Exp 09/2013
February 2012 Altuzan 400mg/16ml B0621, Exp 10/2012 US supply chain Yes, Turkish market
December 2011 Viagra 100mg PM81390, exp 01/2015 Illicit supply chain  
Avastin Vial 100mg / 4ml B6011B02, Exp 03/2013 UK supply chain, not beyond wholesale level Yes, Turkish market
B86017, Exp 03/2013 No
B6010, Exp 03/2012 Yes, North Africa and Middle East
November 2011 Truvada 200 mg/245mg 10TR064D, Expiry 03.2014 UK supply chain, not beyond wholesale level Yes, Turkish market
Viread 245mg 10VR057D, Exp 11/2015 UK supply chain, not beyond wholesale level Yes, Turkish market
11VR015D, Exp 03/2016 Yes, Turkish market
10VR059D, Exp 11/2015 Yes, Turkish, Australia/New Zealand, and Belgium/Luxembourg markets
September 2011 Viagra 50mg 714830241, exp 01/2013 Illicit supply chain Yes, Hong Kong market
June 2011 Viagra 100mg 0882K07A, exp 04/2015 Illicit supply chain No
May 2011 Viagra 100mg 314833021 exp 04/2012 Illicit supply chain No
314833021 exp 04/2013
7087309, exp 09/2012 Yes, Kazakhstan market
Selsun 2.5% 10651TB21, exp 05/2012 Illicit supply chain  Yes, UK market
April 2011 Cialis 20mg 05668, exp 04/2013 Illicit supply chain Yes, Israeli market
March 2011 Viagra 100mg  79R009A, exp 1JUN14 Illicit supply chain  Yes
Deca-Durabolin 100mg  451766, exp 02-2014 Illicit supply chain  No
Norditropin SimpleXx 15mg/1.5ml  XU60681, exp 11/2012 Illicit supply chain  No
February 2011 Prograf 1mg 1C6371C, exp 03/2012 Irish supply chain  No
1C6512A, exp 02/2012
1D4434A, exp 06/2012 Irish supply chain Yes, Malaysian market
Viagra 100mg 314833201, exp 01/2014 Illicit supply chain No
Plavix 75mg 2500 exp 01/2012 Lebanese supply chain Yes, Lebanese market
March 2007 Plavix 75mg 3051 UK supply chain, not beyond wholesale level tbc
3091 tbc
November 2006 Plavix 75mg 1672, exp 08/2008 Illicit supply chain tbc
Co-Diovan 160 12.5mg 50314, exp 06/2008 Illicit supply chain tbc
Hyzaar Forte 52402 Illicit supply chain tbc
February 2006 Viagra 100mg 2183401, exp 10/2008 Illicit supply chain No


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