Fake Ozempic warning issued after FDA seizes thousands of units

The US Food and Drug Administration is advising extra precautions after seizing thousands of units of counterfeit Ozempic, according to a notice issued Thursday.

The agency said the counterfeit drugs have been linked to five cases of illness so far, but none have been described as serious. People who used counterfeit supplements have reported adverse reactions consistent with the authentic product, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and constipation.

While the FDA and Ozempic’s manufacturer, Novo Nordisk, have already collected thousands of samples and are testing them, they warn that some counterfeit products may still be available for purchase.

Because of this, wholesalers, retail pharmacies, health care practitioners, and patients alike are advised to check any semaglutide they receive to ensure that they are not part of a fraudulent supply known as lot number NAR0074. And labeled with serial number 430834149057.

Products labeled with lot number NAR0074 and serial number 430834149057 should not be used or sold.

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Keep an eye out for counterfeit items

The FDA advises retail pharmacies to purchase authentic Ozempic only through Novo Nordisk's authorized distributors.

The FDA and Novo Nordisk are currently testing the collected samples to determine their content, safety and efficacy. So far, they have determined that the products’ pen labels, health care professional and patient information, and the carton the drug comes in were all counterfeit.

Importantly, the needles were also found to be counterfeit, meaning their sterility could not be confirmed and could put patients at increased risk of infection.

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