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FDA Imposes Import Ban on Indian Pharmaceutical Companies Who Have Conducted Drug Recalls

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/13/sun-pharma-india-fda-idUSL3N0MA1VM20140313

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The FDA has recently imposed a ban on numerous Indian pharmaceutical companies, the first being Indian drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries due to quality concerns of the medicines that are being manufactured at the company's plant. The FDA issued an "import alert" against the plant based on its lack of compliance with good manufacturing practices. The drug company conducted a voluntary recall of a batch of its generic diabetes tablets in the United States after a customer complained that some bottles contained epilepsy medication and the two medications were mixed together. Specifically speaking, the company recalled 2,528 bottles of its metformin hydrochloride tablets in the United States after the presence of gabapentin tablets, a drug used to treat seizures, was detected in the tablets' bottles. The batch was manufactured in April 2013 and was set to expire in March 2016. Secondly, the FDA has also banned imports from all the Indian plants of Ranbaxy Laboratories, Ltd., which is India's number one drugmaker. This ban has been imposed due to quality lapses in the production of pharmaceutical drugs that are being manufactured at the plants. Third, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Ltd. initiated a recall in the United States of 58,656 bottles of its heartburn drug, Lansoprazole, due to a microbial contamination.

The FDA's ban on Indian pharmaceutical companies greatly affects the United States because India is the second largest drug exporter to our country, supplying 40% of America's generic and over-the-counter drugs. Furthermore, the United States is the biggest market of the Indian generic makers. Drug safety is at the forefront to our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have taken an unsafe medicine and have suffered serious side effects. Contact our knowledgeable family of attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a medicine that is later found to be unsafe.

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