Novo struggling with illegal hormone sales

Novo Nordisk says it is concerned about its reputation after efforts to stop the illegal sale of its products on the internet have proved fruitless.

Novo Nordisk, best known for its insulin, also produces a growth hormone that can be used by weightlifters.

Danish tax and crime fighting agencies say there is little they can do to stop the illegal sale of drugs on the internet because the people selling the products are often not based in Denmark.

Kaj Møller, a Novo Nordisk spokesperson, said in many cases the products for sale were knock-offs, but some of what was being sold was probably genuine and likely came from two major thefts, one in 2008 and one earlier this year.

Møller said the thefts and further sale appeared “organised”.


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