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Wockhardt smacked by state regulator in India

Some Indian regulators appear to have heeded FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg's call to set a higher bar for manufacturing quality. India's Wockhardt, already in deep trouble with the U.S. and Europe for slacking off on quality, says one of its products has been banned by a state regulator in Himachal Pradesh.

Novartis close on deal to sell contract patchmaker LTS Lohmann

In addition to all of the other deals that Novartis announced today, an agreement to sell deal contract manufacturer LTS Lohmann is reportedly close, with private equity firm Nordic Capital expected to get it for about $1.7 billion, Bloomberg reported.

Novartis deals with GSK and Lilly switch up manufacturing landscape

The full manufacturing implications of the complex three-way business swaps and sales that Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly announced today will take some time to sort out.

FDA issued import alert after importer tried to ship saline not approved in U.S.

The FDA says the recent import alert imposed on 0.9% sodium chloride made at a Baxter International plant in Canada was issued because an "importer/consignee" tried to ship some into the U.S. The problem is, the saline made at that plant is not approved for sale in the U.S.

GSK plans to unload site of closed Indian API plant

GlaxoSmithKline closed an aging active pharmaceutical plant in Thane, Maharashtra, India, a couple of years ago and let go of more than 300 people who worked there. Now, the British drugmaker would like to unload the property.

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