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Media And Political Bulletin-03 January 2018

Media and Political Bulletin

03 January 2018

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Fake fentanyl tablets

NPA, Leyla Hannbeck, 02 January 2018

The NPA has published a letter from their Director of Pharmacy and Medication Safety Officer warning that the Metropolitan Police has seized a ‘significant quantity of fraudulent tablets in London, under the brand name of Perocet.’

The letter states that these fake tablets contain only fentanyl as the active ingredient, as opposed to genuine Percocet tablets, which contain a combination of oxycodone and paracetamol. Fake Percocet tablets have been in circulation in North America for some time; however, this is the first time it has been found in the UK. An image of the fake Percocet tablets has been made available by Public Health England.

Although it is more likely that fake Percocet tablets will be available outside of the reputable medicines supply chain, all pharmacy teams should be aware of this threat.

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Fake fentanyl tablets

NPA, Leyla Hannbeck, 02 January 2018

It has come to my attention that the Metropolitan Police has seized a significant quantity of fraudulent tablets in London, under the brand name of ‘Percocet’. These fake Percocet tablets contained only fentanyl as the active ingredient; genuine Percocet tablets contain a combination of oxycodone and paracetamol. Furthermore, Percocet is not a licensed brand in the UK. Fake Percocet tablets have been in circulation in North America for some time; however, this is the first time it has been found in the UK. An image of the fake Percocet tablets has been made available by Public Health England.

Although it is more likely that fake Percocet tablets will be available outside of the reputable medicines supply chain, I would advise that all pharmacy teams be made aware of this new threat.

With Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) coming into force on 9 February 2019, I will continue to highlight all relevant patient safety matters, in-line with my role as Medication Safety Officer for pharmacies with less than 50 branches in England.

For further information please contact the NPA Pharmacy Services team on 01727 891800 or email at pharmacyservices@npa.co.uk.

Media And Political Bulletin-03 January 2018

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