Sun Pharma will start on the hard work now that it has closed on its $4 billion merger of Ranbaxy Laboratories. Managing Director Dilip Shanghvi has pledged that it will get all four of Ranbaxy's sideline plants into 100% compliance with FDA requirements.
Nearly 250 workers at a closed Boehringer Ingelheim API facility in Virginia that had been told they might be able to hold on to their jobs have had their hopes dashed. The Chinese company that agreed to buy and expand the facility has decided to leave it closed until business improves.
FDA actions against Wockhardt have piled up over the last couple of years with warnings letters for two plants in India that the FDA also banned in 2013 from shipping products to the U.S. But the Indian drugmaker suggests one of those facilities has started digging out from under the mountain of issues raised by the FDA..
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After issuing an import alert last year for an IPCA Laboratories API plant in India where employees had been falsifying drug testing results and deleting failed tests, the FDA began looking at its operations further upstream and has now banned products from two of IPCA's finished product facilities.
Privately held Tolmar, nearing completion on a manufacturing plant expansion, is now taking on some warehouse space to complement it.
A growing number of patients want, or need, gelatin in the capsules they take that does not come from an animal source, include GMO products or contain other ingredients that might make them sick. Capsule technology specialist Capsugel is now expanding four sites to up its production of vegetarian capsules.
California's Alameda County has held fast against Big Pharma pushback to its drug take-back ordinance that requires drugmakers to fund a program for accepting and destroying unused meds. Now San Francisco has passed its own ordinance to require the same thing.
Underwriters Laboratories will train 60 food-and-drug inspectors for India's Gujarat state government so that they begin to assess drug manufacturing plants in the same way that U.S. FDA inspectors do.
G&W Laboratories, a small generic drugmaker, recently broke onto the pharma scene publicly with two substantial deals in 10 months for plants and products. The first deal was last summer when it bought an Actavis plant, and this month it announced a deal to do the same with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.
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