One million fake anti-anxiety pills seized at Zurich airport

Reuters

ZURICH, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Swiss customs authorities haveseized one million fake pills resembling Pfizer's anti-anxiety medicine Xanax at Zurich airport, they said onFriday.

Four crates of pills were intercepted en route from China toEgypt in the largest seizure of fake pills at the airport, acustoms official told Reuters.

Laboratory tests showed they contained no activeingredients. Experts at the Swissmedic health authority said itwas impossible to tell they were fakes at first glance.

In developing countries, the World Health Organisation hasestimated that more than 10 percent of medicine may be fake orsubstandard.

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