Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ranbaxy Probed Over Counterfeit Medicine

In an article that appeared in the Washington Times, the Justice Department is investigating whether Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., which supplies generic drugs to the U.S. market and to President Bush's global AIDS initiative, has falsified data, followed sub-par manufacturing practices and distributed counterfeit medicine.

The filing stated that "allegations from reliable sources indicate a pattern of systematic fraudulent conduct" by the company. The allegations include that in its application process, the company submitted fabricated data to the Food and Drug Administration for generic drugs to be distributed in the U.S. and anti-retroviral drugs to be distributed in other countries as part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

This is yet another example of potentially counterfeit product distributed widely in the global pharmaceutical supply chain that would have passed all Track and Trace methods of interdiction. These products have been distributed and consumed because pedigree or tracing processes do not authenticate the medication inside the container.

XStream Systems XT250 would have been able to discover the fraudulent and counterfeit material before they were distributed and dispensed because the technology verifies the molecular structure of the medication inside the sealed container.

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To read more of the Washington Times article click here.

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