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US warns of fake antibiotics aimed at Hispanics

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 16•11

This is more of a problem down south, but could become a more local problem.

“Fake drugs with names that resemble kids’ antibiotics are being sold in Texas pharmacies, mainly to Spanish speakers, and have caused several hospitalizations, according to US officials.

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers urging them not to use the “illegal products,” after the Texas state health department said they had been linked to several hospitalizations.

“The FDA is warning consumers not to use products marketed as dietary supplements that also claim to be antimicrobial (antibiotic, antifungal or antiviral) drugs,” the federal regulatory agency said.

“These illegal products are falsely promoted with claims to treat illnesses such as upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis and the common cold,” it added.

“These products may or may not contain antimicrobials, and their use could delay treatment for serious illnesses.”

US warns of fake antibiotics aimed at Hispanics

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