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FDA bars drugs from third Ranbaxy plant

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Food and Drug Administration is barring the importation of drugs from another one of Ranbaxy Labs’ plants in India, the agency said Monday.

The FDA said it had issued an import alert concerning drugs from the plant, in the Indian city of Mohali. An import alert means that customs officials can seize drugs from the plant when they reach the U.S. border, and the agency said the alert would remain in place until the company complies with U.S. drug-manufacturing requirements, known as current good manufacturing practices, or CGMP. Ranbaxy could not be reached for comment.

Mohali is 1-in-3 Ranbaxy manufacturing plants in India under an import alert, the other two being plants in Paonta Sahib and Dewas. The latter two have been under import alerts since 2008. The FDA found "significant CGMP violations" at the Mohali plant during inspections in September and December 2012, including failure to adequately investigate problems or establish procedures to ensure manufacturing quality. The company will be prohibited from selling drugs from the plant in the United States until it has fully addressed the issues to the FDA’s satisfaction, the agency said.

"The FDA is committed to using the full extent of its enforcement authority to ensure that drugs made for the U.s. market meet federally mandated quality standards," FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research compliance office director Howard Sklamberg said. "We want American consumers to be confident that the drugs they are taking are of the highest quality, and the FDA will continue to work to prevent potentially unsafe products from entering the country."

 

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R.Cohen says:
Sep-18-2013 11:00 am

Ranbaxy has been plagued by poor quality control of drugs made in India for years. Why do we permit ANY Ranbaxy products to be sold in the US at all?

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Sears plans to get $1 billion loan

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings is hoping to obtain a new loan in order to reduce borrowings from an older loan agreement, the company said Monday.

Sears Holdings, the parent company of mass merchandiser Kmart, said it had issued a notice that it intended to obtain an incremental term loan of up to $1 billion.

The company said that if it went through, the loan would be issued under an existing $3.3 billion revolving facility credit line and would be used to reduce borrowings under it. The company said it hoped to secure the incremental term loan on the same collateral as the revolving facility, and that it would mature in June 2018.

 

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P&G announces upgrades to Pampers diapers line

BY Jason Owen

CINCINNATI — Pampers, a Procter and Gamble brand, announced on Monday product upgrades across its entire line of diapers, training pants and wipes. The new product enhancements come after the company sponsored a survey of moms to address their concerns of unmet needs for their babies.

“At Pampers, we strive to meet the needs of every mom and baby,” said Fama Francisco, Pampers VP and general manager. “In the last 18 months, we’ve listened to thousands of moms on what they want for their baby. They told us a diaper that provides superior dryness, comfort and fit, particularly overnight.”

With that insight, Pampers is launching Pampers Baby Dry, a diaper the company states is three times drier than ordinary diapers and provides up to 12 hours of overnight protection with three layers of absorbency.

The company also announced the Pampers Swaddlers line is now available through size five. Also, Pampers Crusiers diapers are now more absorbent and offer a better fit than previously, the company noted.

Pampers recently sponsored a survey of more than 1,000 moms with children ages 3 years and younger. The survey found that nearly 1-in-3 mothers of babies ages 1 year or younger (30%) responded that they expect a wet, leaky diaper to be the No. 1 reason their babies may wake up at 3 a.m. Furthermore, the leading technique mothers of babies ages 3 years or younger (32%) use to help their babies have an uninterrupted night of sleep is to put a dry diaper on them before bed.


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