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WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration said testing has revealed fake versions of Lipitor and other widely used prescription drugs have been sold through web sites linked to a Canadian pharmacy.

The FDA said consumers who bought drugs through the ten web sites should not use the medications because they may not be safe.

The sites include rxnorth.com, canadiandrugstore.com and rxbyfax.com.  Prescriptions ordered through the sites are filled by Mediplan Prescription Plus Pharmacy, also known as Mediplan Global Health, according to the FDA and information posted on the sites.

FDA associate commissioner Randall Lutter said US testing of intercepted prescriptions had revealed counterfeit versions of the cholesterol drugs Lipitor and Crestor and other medications.

The head of Mediplan Global Health said the accusations are false and accuses the FDA and US drug companies of targeting firms like his.

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