Authorities cancel licences of several drug companies for lapses

Authorities cancel licences of several drug companies for lapses

Central and state drug regulatory authorities have cancelled or suspended the licences of several manufacturing units and revoked the product permissions of a few others citing quality issues, government officials in the know said. Regulators had inspected dozens of drug manufacturing units in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, following reports of the death of 19 children in Uzbekistan allegedly caused by contaminated cough syrup made in India.

They took the action mostly during January and February. These manufacturers are accused of failing to comply with established good manufacturing practices.

ET has seen a copy of the report on the action taken by the licensing authorities. State licensing authorities took action against 34 drug manufacturing units: 17 in Himachal Pradesh, 13 in Uttarakhand, two in Madhya Pradesh and 1 each in Haryana and Maharashtra.

They cancelled the manufacturing licences of six units. These are of Himalaya Meditek, Mascot Health Series (for beta lactam section), SVP Life Sciences, Relief Biotech and Agron Remedies of Uttarakhand, and Sun Aj Pharma in Madhya Pradesh.

They also ordered some of the companies to halt manufacturing and suspended the product permissions of some others. These include Pure & Cure Healthcare, Skymap Pharmaceuticals, Anrose Pharma, GNB Medica Lab, Vintochem Pharmaceuticals, Apple Formulations, Relief Biotech, HAB Pharmaceuticals & Research, Rhydburg Pharmaceuticals, Bajaj Formulations and Trugen Pharmaceuticals.

According to the inspectors who carried out the inspections, certain products for which permissions were withdrawn were found to be not of standard quality.

Some units have been issued show-case notices and warnings. These include Shri Ramesh Industries, Athens Life Sciences, Laborate Pharmaceuticals India, Life Vision Healthcare, JM Laboratories, Park Pharmaceuticals, ANG Lifesciences India and Nestor Pharmaceuticals. The regulators revoked the stop-manufacturing notices against Shri Sai Balaji Pharmatech, Medipol Pharmaceutical, Alliaance Biotech, EG Pharmaceuticals, T&G Medicare and Zim Laboratories.

(With inputs from health)