Joint statement of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and the European Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ECPO)
Counterfeit obesity medication is putting the lives of patients at risk. The new generation of obesity medication is expensive and in short supply, which has created a global surge in black market sales of counterfeit versions of these drugs.
False, fake, counterfeit obesity medication may contain dangerous ingredients, which can cause serious health problems, including poisoning, organ damage, and death. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) last week warned about the existence of medication delivery pens falsely labelled as Ozempic.
In Austria recently, several people were taken to the hospital after taking suspected counterfeit obesity medication. Patients experienced severe side effects, including seizures, and it is believed that these counterfeit pens contained insulin in unknown quantities. Insulin overdose may cause disorientation, seizures and death.
Patients with obesity who are considering medication use for treatment are urged to ensure that they access obesity drugs from a reputable source, such as a licensed pharmacy.
Here are some tips to help you avoid counterfeit obesity medications:
- Only purchase obesity medication from a licensed pharmacy or your doctor
- Be particularly wary of obesity medication that is sold online or at a discounted price.
- If you have any doubts about the authenticity of obesity medication, do not take it and contact your doctor or pharmacist.