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US warns Indian firm over records

FDA cited Wockhardt for not including accurate information about each production batch in its control records.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 11:11 IST

The US Food and Drug Administration has warned Indian drug maker Wockhardt Ltd over poor record keeping at its manufacturing facility in Walju, Aurangabad, according to a letter released on Monday.

The FDA, in a letter dated Feb 21, said a November 2005 inspection of the pharmaceutical plant found "written production and process control procedures were not always followed and documented."

It also cited the company for not including complete and accurate information about each production batch in its control records.

In December, the company responded to the FDA's concerns, but the agency said that several areas "need more comprehensive corrections."

Two other FDA inspections also found problems with Wockhardt's record keeping, the letter released on Monday noted.

Wockhardt manufactures a variety of products, including treatments for epilepsy and ulcers, among other conditions. It also makes products for other drug makers, including AstraZeneca Plc and Schering-Plough Corp, according to its Web site.

Dozens of FDA warning letters are issued every year. Most are resolved without penalty, but the FDA can take other regulatory action.

If the company does not correct the problem, the agency said it may deny its products from entry into the United States.

The FDA gave the company 30 days to respond to the letter.