Bogus test strips came from China

Sunday, September 30, 2007

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A distributor in China has been arrested for supplying bogus glucose test strips that turned up last year, triggering Food and Drug Administration alerts. Henry Fu, and his company, Shanghai-based Halson Pharmaceuticals, were found to be the source of nearly 1 million fake strips--counterfeit versions of Johnson & Johnson's Lifescan OneTouch Test Strips. Johnson & Johnson set up a hotline to track the source of the strips after patient complaints arose in September 2006. Tips led to 700 pharmacies where the strips were sold. Investigators then narrowed the search to eight American wholesalers, then to two importers, whose records showed the strips were bought from Halson.