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Latino Daily News

Friday May 13, 2011

Criminals Target Texas Hispanic Community with Fake Antibiotics

Criminals Target Texas Hispanic Community with Fake Antibiotics

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Criminals targeting the Hispanic community in Texas distributed fake over the counter medicines described to be children’s antibiotics to pharmacies across the state, sparking a state investigation and a warning to parents.

The products, dietary supplements sold under names that very closely resemble the names of legitimate antibiotics and marketed primarily to Spanish-speaking consumers, have caused adverse reactions that require hospital visits, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

“This targeted attack on the Hispanic community is alarming and dangerous, which is why we are working with PSM to alert members of our community in Texas to this public health threat. We have to ensure that parents are aware of this fraud and the fact that some of these products may still be on the shelves or in their medicine cabinets at home,” said Gus West, chairman of The Hispanic Institute . “We urge consumers who are concerned about medicines they have purchased to contact the DSHS for assistance.”

Officials say the products are available in capsule, syrup and other forms and sold under names such as Amoxilina, Pentrexcilina, Ampitrexyl, Citricillin, Amoximiel and Pentreximil. DSHS is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate the situation and identify the source of the products and if they have been found in other states. Stores have been asked to remove the products from their shelves, and consumers should discard any that they have purchased.