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Excerpt from Partnership for Safe Medicine’s 2010 Interchange

Highlights from the Partnership For Safe Medicine’s 2010 Interchange included Rick Roberts telling the story of his life-threatening brush with counterfeit medications straight from his own local pharmacy.  

Highlights from the Partnership For Safe Medicine’s 2010 Interchange included Rick Roberts telling the story of his life-threatening brush with counterfeit medications straight from his own local pharmacy.  

Roberts, a professor in San Francisco, was prescribed human growth hormone for HIV wasting syndrome in 2000, which was a successful treatment for months, until the home injections suddenly became painful, and the bottles of solution suddenly contained varying amounts of liquid.  He consulted with his pharmacist who said, “Oh you should go home and check.  You might have gotten some of the fake stuff.”

The medication, purchased at his own brick and mortar pharmacy, was counterfeit.  Rick suffered not one, but two batches of counterfeit medication.  

Hear more stories like these at the 2011 Interchange on October 27 at the National Press Club.

By S. Imber

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