Dan Rather Reports

Season 5 Episode 28

The Mysterious Case of Kevin Xu

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 14, 2010 on HDNet
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The Mysterious Case of Kevin Xu
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(9/14/2010) In March a Homeland Security official told Congress that counterfeit drugs were “a major growing health and safety issue.” That same month an FDA official testified that the pharmaceutical supply chain had become increasingly complex making “oversight significantly more difficult,” and leaving weaknesses through which counterfeit drugs might infiltrate the “legitimate supply chain.” Both these officials knew about Kevin Xu – a Chinese national who was caught trying to sell fake drugs to undercover agents in 2007. For the first time on TV we see the video agents made of Xu discussing how to avoid detection by customs, what kind of fake drugs he can provide and bragging how he’d never been caught. We also visit Nigeria where just a few years ago consumers were more likely to get a counterfeit drug than an authentic one. But nowadays Nigeria is making a concerted effort to purge fake medicine from their markets and is leading the charge against counterfeit drugs throughout the world.moreless

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