The Health Ministry tries to regulate drugs in the market by paying regular visits to pharmacies.
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The whereabouts of a batch of counterfeit Xanax seized by authorities remain unknown, according to a prominent health industry figure, with the drugs potentially posing a risk to consumers.The Health Ministry said it had no knowledge of the case, but admitted that fake drugs occasionally turned up on the Lebanese market.Sukkarieh said counterfeiters had adopted advanced techniques to thwart inspectors. He pointed to a counterfeiting drug mafia that had emerged around the world, netting some $75 billion last year alone. While most patients with a prescription for Xanax should not be at risk, those buying Xanax "on the street" ran the risk of buying a counterfeit product, said one pharmacist who wished to remain anonymous.If a patient accustomed to taking heavy doses of Xanax switched to a counterfeit product, Sukkarieh added, they could experience withdrawal symptoms and even risk falling into a coma.
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