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Now, Ranbaxy under Australia, UK scanner

business Updated: Sep 23, 2013 03:03 IST

With the US health watchdog finding serious lapses at Ranbaxy’s Mohali plant in Punjab, regulators in Australia and Europe are assessing if any drugs exported by the Indian firm to their regions are affected.

Regulators in Australia and Europe, including the UK, have sought information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the lapses, which last week led to a US ban on imports of products made at the Mohali facility.

The regulators said action will be taken after assessing the FDA’s reply.

Ranbaxy Laboratories, which was acquired by Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo in 2008, commissioned the Mohali plant in 2011 and started exports from there in 2012.

The drug maker, which has 16 manufacturing units in eight countries and ground operations in 43 nations, said it will continue to fully cooperate with the FDA and take steps to resolve the concerns at the earliest.

A spokesperson for Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) told PTI it will determine whether any action is required when the FDA information is assessed.

“The TGA is in communication with the US FDA and is awaiting details to determine whether any Australian medicines may be affected by the FDA findings,” the spokesperson said.

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said an impact assessment is in progress.

“We are currently working with the FDA and other European regulators to assess the impact the FDA’s action has on the medicines from the Mohali site that are destined for the UK and European market,” MHRA said. “There is currently no evidence that medicines on the UK and EU market manufactured at this site are defective so people should continue to take their medicines,” .

The World Health Organisation did not comment on its action plan, saying only that it had taken note of the US FDA’s past actions against Ranbaxy.

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