Counterfeiting, illegal diversion and theft of Abbott products globally pose threats to Abbott’s patients, consumers and the general public. We have four key strategies to address these threats:
The safety and integrity of Abbott products for the patients we serve is our highest priority. Abbott understands that the threat posed to public health and safety by counterfeit products is a very serious one. We regularly take action to keep counterfeit products out of the marketplace. Secondary market products are generally products purchased from any source other than from the original manufacturer and are commonly referred to as “secondary market,” “gray market” or “diverted” products. It is often through the secondary market that counterfeit, adulterated or improperly stored and handled products make their way into the distribution channel. When product comes from the secondary market, it is difficult to assure patients and healthcare professionals of the product's quality or safety or to provide product updates.
Through the exclusive sourcing initiative, Abbott is working to prevent the introduction of unsafe product into the United States. As of July 1, 2004, U.S.wholesale distribution of Abbott diabetes care products is permitted only through wholesalers/distributors that have agreed to source their entire product needs directly from Abbott. In select countries outside the U.S., Abbott has also implemented EASs and in many situations the EASs are silent to the specific Abbott division and simply say “Abbott”.
Letters required for signature for any wholesaler/distributor to purchase:
ESA for Abbott products (PDF)
List of U.S. wholesalers/distributors agreeing to these policies (PDF)
Standard Terms and Conditions:
Abbott Diabetes Care (Non-Retail) (PDF)
Abbott Diabetes Care (Retail) (PDF)
Abbott Diabetes Care (Wholesalers) (PDF)
Abbott is committed to reducing the serious threat of counterfeit products. Included in this effort is the development of overt and covert product security features. One way Abbott provides information on these features to the marketplace is through product security flyers.
U.S. Product Security Fliers (overt security features on the packaging)
The following products have security fliers at www.abbvie.com/gpp.
Lupron® (Also for Canada)
Outside United States Product Security Fliers (overt security features on the packaging)
Dayamineral® (CACM only)
Niaspan® Blister Packs
Note: These Product Security Fliers highlight overt security features on the packaging. Although individual packaging configurations for the products may differ, the security features will remain the same.
All suspicions or leads on potential counterfeit, diverted or stolen Abbott product should be reported to Abbott’s Product Integrity team at 224-667-7970.
Note: All data reflects Abbott activities in 2012. Some content has been adjusted to remove data specific to AbbVie, which became a separate company on Jan. 1, 2013.
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