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Report cites need for drug tracker

WASHINGTON — Fighting the problem of fake drugs will require putting medications through a chain of custody like US courts require for evidence in a trial, the Institute of Medicine reported Wednesday.

The call for a national drug tracking system comes a week after the Food and Drug Administration warned doctors, for the third time in about a year, that it discovered a counterfeit batch of the cancer drug Avastin that lacked the real tumor-killing ingredient.

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