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Medical News and Perspectives
August 27, 2003

Alarm Sounded on Fake, Tainted Drugs

JAMA. 2003;290(8):1015-1016. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1015

It is one horror story of many: A father injects his son with human growth hormone, then discovers after the child complains of burning that the vials contain inexpensive insulin. Investigators traced the vials, which the father had purchased at a pharmacy in Orlando, Fla, to a large wholesaler. That wholesaler had acquired the ostensible growth hormone only after the shipment had been handled by three smaller distributors.

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