Monday, July 6, 2009

UK Recalls Multiple Generic Drugs

Violations of European standards by an outsourced Indian manufacturer have prompted the recall of multiple generic drugs in the United Kingdom.

Novartis's generics unit was one of about eight companies that recalled drugs this week because of "serious" deficiencies in so-called good manufacturing practices found during inspections of the contract manufacturer, MJ Biopharm, in India, according to the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Novartis generic unit, Sandoz recalled fluoxetine, an antidepressant which is the generic version of Eli Lilly’s Prozac. Other drugs recalled by Sandoz included Baclofen for muscle spasms, and metformin for diabetes.

Other recalled drugs included hypertension pills amlodipine and doxazosin and pain-reliever naproxen. The other companies that recalled drugs included Strandhaven Ltd., LPC Medical Ltd., Karib Kemi Pharm Ltd., Milpharm Ltd., Greystone Ltd., Jubilant Pharmaceuticals NV and Wockhardt UK Ltd.

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