Counterfeit Cialis found entering U.S. by mail: FDA

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said counterfeit versions of the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis were found in the mail en route to a customer in the United States, and it is alerting consumers and doctors to be on the lookout for fakes. FDA laboratory analysis showed the counterfeit versions contain multiple active ingredients, which if used could result in adverse effects or harm, the agency said in a notice posted on its website on Wednesday. Genuine Cialis, a rival of Pfizer’s widely used Viagra, is sold by Eli Lilly and Co. The FDA is not aware of any consumer adverse events related to the use of counterfeit Cialis, it said, adding that health care professionals and consumers should report any such problems related to the use of suspect medications to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. There is no indication that the legitimate supply chain is at risk, so consumers can be confident that prescription medicines received through legitimate state-licensed pharmacies located in the United States are safe, the agency said.
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