Ranbaxy under regulatory scanner in other countries after US alert, hits exports

Sep 23 2013, 08:31 IST
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Regulators in Australia and Europe, have sought information from FDA about the lapses at Ranbaxy's Mohali facility. Regulators in Australia and Europe, have sought information from FDA about the lapses at Ranbaxy's Mohali facility.
SummaryOther regulators say action will be taken after assessing the US FDA's reply.

With the US health watchdog finding serious lapses at Ranbaxy’s Mohali plant in Punjab, regulators in Australia and Europe are assessing if any drugs exported by the Indian firm to their regions are affected.

Regulators in Australia and Europe, including the UK, have sought information from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the lapses, which last week led to a US ban on imports of products made at the Mohali facility.

The regulators said action will be taken after assessing the FDA’s reply.

Ranbaxy Laboratories, which was acquired by Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo in 2008, commissioned the Mohali plant in 2011 and started exports from there in 2012. It is the third Ranbaxy facility in India to face US action, after the plants in Dewas and Paonta Sahib.

The US FDA banned imports of drugs made at the Mohali unit after it found lapses, including tablets embedded with ‘black fibre’ suspected to be hair from an employee’s arm and ‘black spots’ of oil from machines making their way into tablets.

The drug maker, which has 16 manufacturing units in eight countries and ground operations in 43 countries, said it will continue to fully cooperate with the US FDA and take steps to resolve their concerns at the earliest.

A spokesperson for Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) told PTI it will determine whether any action is required when the information from the US is assessed.

“The TGA is in communication with the US FDA and is awaiting details to determine whether any Australian medicines may be affected by the FDA findings,” the spokesperson said.

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said an impact assessment is in progress. “We are currently working with the FDA and other European regulators to assess the impact the FDA’s action has on the medicines from the Mohali site that are destined for the UK and European market. There is currently no evidence that medicines on the UK and EU market manufactured at this site are defective so people should continue to take their medicines,” MHRA said.

The World Health Organization did not comment on its action plan, saying only that it had taken note of the US FDA’s past actions against Ranbaxy.

Ranbaxy said in May it signed a consent decree with the US FDA and agreed to pay $500 million to settle charges after a US Department of Justice probe of data integrity and manufacturing processes at certain company

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