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Dr Reddy's recalls some lots of heartburn drug in US

Reuters  Mumbai, March 13, 2014
First Published: 13:39 IST(13/3/2014) | Last Updated: 13:52 IST(13/3/2014)

Generic drugmaker Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd is recalling about 58,656 bottles of the heartburn drug lansoprazole in the United States due to a microbial contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration said.

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It was classified as a "Class II" recall which indicates a remote chance of severe adverse consequences or death due to the product flaw.

While product recalls are not uncommon, the FDA announcement comes amid a string of quality problems for Indian drug makers.

In a weekly report, the US regulator also announced it was banning imports from Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Karkhadi manufacturing plant in the western state of Gujarat.

And just last week, the FDA disclosed that products made by Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy Laboratories were being recalled.

Dr Reddy's voluntary recall of lansoprazole delayed release capsules, a generic version of Swiss drugmaker Novartis' drug Prevacid 24 HR, began on January 3, 2014, the FDA said on its website.

A spokesman for Dr Reddy's was not immediately available to comment.


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