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WHO: Medical Product Alert: Fake Ozempic (semaglutide) detected in Americas and Europe

Medical Product Alert: Fake Ozempic (semaglutide) Detected in Americas and Europe


The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued Medical Product Alert No. 2/2024 regarding three falsified batches of Ozempic (semaglutide) identified in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the United States in late 2023. Ozempic, a GLP-1 inhibitor used to treat hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes, has been misrepresented and falsely manufactured, posing significant health risks.

Details: batches involved:

  • Batch number LP6F832
  • Batch number MP5E511 (genuine batch, falsified product)
  • Combination of batch number NAR0074 with serial number 430834149057

Risks:

Ineffective treatment, contamination, unknown ingredients, potentially life-threatening due to incorrect subcutaneous injection.

Recommendations:

  • Healthcare professionals: Report adverse effects and suspected falsification to National Regulatory Authorities.
  • Regulatory authorities: Monitor sales, notify WHO of identified falsified products, and advise against using affected batches.
  • Public: Avoid using affected products, seek immediate medical advice if used, and ensure medical products are sourced from authorised suppliers.

Identification Tips:

  • Check Lot and Serial Numbers against WHO's list.
  • Examine Ozempic pens for quality issues and improper scales.
  • Look for poor label quality and spelling mistakes on cartons.

For more details and to report any information, contact WHO at rapidalert@who.int.

Link to WHO MPA

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