Counterfeit HIV medications in the U.S.

Pharmacists need to be careful because counterfeiters are never going to stop trying to get their fake medications into U.S. pharmacies. In less than eight months, three different counterfeit HIV medications have been found in U.S. pharmacies:

  • In August 2021, Gilead Sciences warned that counterfeits of two of its HIV medications had been discovered.
  • In December 2020, Janssen Pharmaceuticals warned that counterfeit Symtuza had made its way into multiple U.S. pharmacies.

All three of these medications are specialty drugs, which means there are a very limited number of authorized distributors. The authorized distributors for Biktarvy and Descovy can be found here, and the authorized distributors for Symtuza can be found here. Purchasing medication from unauthorized wholesalers and distributors puts your patients at risk.

Pharmacists: if you receive a suspicious offer for a specialty drug from a company, please immediately contact the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations at DrugSupplyChainIntegrity@fda.hhs.gov or 1-800-551-3989. Please spread the word by sharing the above video or this TikTok with other pharmacists.

Patients: if you have concerns the medicine you have is not genuine, please contact the manufacturer immediately as well as the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations at DrugSupplyChainIntegrity@fda.hhs.gov or 1-800-551-3989.