Summary Box: Pfizer warns about fake drugs

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Posted: Sep 29, 2011 10:39 AM
Summary Box: Pfizer warns about fake drugs

COUNTERFEITS CAMPAIGN: Drugmaker Pfizer and a national pharmacy standards group are warning about counterfeit prescription drugs and explaining how to find legitimate online pharmacies. They're posting on a website, http://www.AWARERx.com.

DANGEROUS DRUGS: Counterfeit drugs often contain rat poison or other toxic substances, or have too much or too little of the active ingredient, so they can harm patients.

PERVASIVE PROBLEM: Pfizer says counterfeit versions of at least 40 of its drugs have been found in more than 100 countries, from Alzheimer's treatment Aricept to impotence pill Viagra.