When it comes to USFDA probes, India is ahead of China

Jan 03 2014, 01:41 IST
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China may have many more USFDA-approved drug manufacturing units than India does, but the US regulator inspects more Indian units, the trend in the last three years shows. China may have many more USFDA-approved drug manufacturing units than India does, but the US regulator inspects more Indian units, the trend in the last three years shows.
SummaryIndia has 526 USFDA-approved units while China is home to over 960 such sites.

threats. All drug manufacturers, whether innovators or generic drug makers, have to submit field alert reports if they find any significant problems with an approved drug within three days of a problem being identified.

Gland Pharma declined to respond to queries on whether the USFDA-identified issues have been resolved. On November 27, private equity firm KKR acquired a minority stake in the privately-held Gland Pharma for about $200 million or Rs 1,243.1 crore, according to the exchange rate on that day.

Mumbai-based Unichem Laboratories’ plant in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh was inspected in June 2012 with four observations.

The regulator identified issues in documentary procedures and drug quality check in the company. “GMP training is not conducted on a continuing basis and with sufficient frequency to assure that employees remain familiar with CGMP requirements applicable to them,” the USFDA report said. “There were certain observations in June 2012 which duly taken care of by Unichem. The plant got re-certified by US FDA in October 2012,” Unichem vice-president K Subharaman said.

German company Fresenius Kabi Oncology’s Baddi facility in Himachal Pradesh got 11 citations from the USFDA after an inspection conducted in August 2012. The Gurgaon-based company is in the news for its attempts to delist from the Bombay Stock Exchange.

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