VANCOUVER — Shoddy pills from a bogus online pharmacy are to blame for the death of a 58-year-old woman from Vancouver Island, a coroner’s report says.

Yesterday’s conclusion makes Marcia Bergeron the first clear-cut case of a death stemming from counterfeit drugs bought on the Internet, but it likely won’t be the last, said Rose Stanton, regional coroner for Vancouver Island.

“The quantity of seized counterfeit medication is huge,” she said. “And so, what we have is the first person [for whom] we have all the facts, who we know died as a result of these drugs.


6 July 2007


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