Recently the Israeli Police discovered a pirated laboratory that specializes in the production of fake versions of Testoviron Testosterone depot (amp.) for injection. Testoviron is a brand of testosterone manufactured by Bayer, each genuine 1ml vial contains 250mg of testosterone enanthate in an oily solution.
Testosterone injections are hormone treatments. Their primary use is as a treatment for sexual dysfunction in males and postmenopausal symptoms in females with a testosterone deficiency. Transgender men and nonbinary people may also use testosterone injections as part of masculinizing therapy.
Genuine Testoviron injections are safe for many people, but they can have side effects. The side effects may be different depending on the reason why the person is using the injections.
Although testosterone injections can help for low testosterone due to medical conditions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recommend using testosterone to treat natural aging-related testosterone changes as it may increase the risk of certain health issues.
How to Spot Fake Testoviron
There are two types of fake Testoviron: products that imitate the genuine Bayer brand, and products that make false claims about their ingredients.
A counterfeit Testoviron could have:
- no active ingredient
- substandard ingredients
- undeclared ingredients
- illegal or dangerous ingredients
- incorrect dosage (too much, too little, or variation in dose across tablets)
- contaminants from unhygienic manufacture.
You are more likely to encounter counterfeit Testoviron if you try to buy medicine online. Some websites look like they are genuine, but are actually located and distributing goods from illegal locations and hideouts across the globe.
Fake Testoviron pose a risk, anyone that is willing to break the law to take your money could also be willing to cheat you or risk your health. Fake testosterone injections can cause unexpected adverse reactions if they have undeclared ingredients or contaminants as reported in a study on the subject matter involving a 35-year-old male patient who presented to a plastic surgery clinic after self-intramuscular administration of a compound that has about three times stronger androgenic effect than testosterone propionate.
According to Interpol, counterfeit medicines are often packaged to a high standard with fake pills that look identical to genuine ones. Sometimes a laboratory test is the only way to identify the difference.
It is essential to take care when buying your medicines, especially online.
Look out for the “six Ps”:
- Place – Never buy medicines from unknown websites or in a marketplace. Buy medicines only from licensed suppliers who display an authenticity certificate. If you are unsure about a supplier’s credentials, check the list of registered dispensaries at your local health regulatory body. This applies to suppliers both online and offline.
- Prescriptions – Only buy medicine that has been prescribed by your doctor or healthcare professional. When buying online, make sure the website requires you to present a prescription. Do not buy from websites that offer prescriptions on the basis of questionnaires or do not have a contactable pharmacist.
- Promises – Be wary of pharmacies that offer “too good to be true” promises. False promises to watch out for are “cures all types” of a major illness, “money-back guarantee”, “no risk” or “limited supply – buy in advance”.
- Price – Check the price against products you usually buy or with reputable providers. If it is substantially cheaper, it is likely to be a fake.
- Privacy – Do not supply any financial information to a website, unless you are sure it has a secure online payment system.The trade-in fake medical products have also been linked to credit card fraud and identity theft. Do not reveal any personal information beyond appropriate medical details.
- Product– Compare the medicines against your usual prescription. A medicine is fake if:
- It contains too much, too little, or any different ingredients;
- Claims to have different properties or side effects;
- Has a different shape, size, taste, or color;
- Is not correctly labeled or not labeled at all;
- Has an out-of-date or missing expiry date;
- Does not contain information on how to store the medicine;
- The packaging looks poorly constructed or appears to have been interfered with;
- There are spelling or grammatical errors on the packaging or instructions.
Note: If you are in possession of any Testoviron with a batch number 5400/.., it is a counterfeit product do not use it. Call the health authorities or safely dispose of the product.