Fake Xanax anxiety pills from China seized in Zurich

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  1. Ray

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    Fake Xanax anxiety pills from China seized in Zurich

    Customs agents have seized one million fake anti-anxiety pills in transit at Zurich airport, Swiss officials say.

    The four-crate shipment was on its way from China to Egypt, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products said.

    The tablets are counterfeit versions of Xanax - a drug manufactured by Pfizer to treat severe anxiety or panic disorder.

    Tests showed the drugs contained no active ingredients, but would be very difficult to recognise as fakes.

    The counterfeit drugs were packed into four crates which weighed over 400kg, said the agency, also known as Swissmedic.

    "Analyses in the Swissmedic laboratory revealed that the drugs, which are prescribed to treat symptoms of acute anxiety, contained no active ingredients whatsoever," Swissmedic said in a statement, adding that they were being destroyed.

    "According to experts, the drugs would be unrecognisable as counterfeits at first glance."

    Developing countries such as Egypt are considered a major market for the multi-billion dollar trade in fake drugs.

    The World Health Organization says many countries in Africa, and parts of Asia and Latin America, have areas where more than 30% of medicines on sale can be counterfeit.

    Counterfeit medication ranges from painkillers to treatment for life-threatening conditions, it says,

    BBC News - Fake Xanax anxiety pills from China seized in Zurich

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    It is unfortunate when people play with human lives by faking tablets.

    All said and done, China does have a penchant for fake products and so this is not really surprising.

    One should as a rule avoid Chinese food products, hygiene products and pharmaceuticals.
     
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    the worst part is they also put a made in India label on their crappy fake generic medicines and market it in Africa and Asia!
     
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    That is an indication that none trusts the "made in China' label!

    Their expertise in counterfeiting and replication is legend.
    Check this out:

    Chinese tourists detained in Paris over one-euro coins
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24524699

    Even though the Chinese tourist were giving genuine one Euro coins, they were held in France on suspicion of forgery after trying to settle their hotel bill with one-euro coins.

    Such is the reputation the Chinese carries.

    It appears none trusts them!
     
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    Abhijeet Dey Regular Member

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    Why were they shipping these fake drugs to Egypt via Switzerland? :confused:

    If they want to smuggle these things to Egypt they could have used egypt-sudan border since Sudan is a strong ally of China.
     
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    may be because its an urgent delivery they are using air service
     
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    Possibly to give it a sheen that it is coming through a western country with strict safety regulations.

    You can bank on the Chinese to be master 420s.
     
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    Fakers faking and fooling with fakes!
     

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