3/17/2004

The recent head of the FDA said the agency has 22 counterfeit drug investigations going, up from an average of five per year in the late 1990s, while one drug company's security official said counterfeiters are exploiting a loophole in the system to get fake drugs to consumers. The official said there is no existing requirement for the tracking of a product from the manufacturer all the way to the pharmacy, but the FDA wants a tracking system put in place voluntarily by 2007.

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