Yes, Virginia. Quality counts.
Ranbaxy, the Indian generics manufacturer that recently paid half a billion dollars to settle fraud allegations and quality problems, has just received an FDA import alert against their production facility in Mohali, Punjab state.
The plant was set to make generic versions of blood-pressure pill Diovan.
Ranbaxy facilities in Dewas and Paonta Sahib, India, have both been on the FDA’s import alert list since 2009.
The relevance for more complicated products (like Gleevec) and biosimilars more broadly – is obvious.
According to Bloomberg report, the latest FDA notice “is a surprise,” said Prakash Agarwal, a health-care analyst with CIMB Securities India Pvt. Ltd. “The understanding was that, given the past experience with the two other facilities, the management would be on their toes to resolve these issues.”
Fast and loose is not an option.