Bogus test strips came from China

Sunday, August 19, 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 hot line to track the source of the strips after patient complaints arose last September. Tips led to 700 pharmacies where the strips were sold. Investigators then narrowed the search to eight American wholesalers, then to two importers. Records seized from the importers showed the strips were bought from Halson.

The strips were sold across Canada and the United States, and in several other countries. No injuries were reported as a result of the fake strips, which could have led to improper insulin doses for users.