Saturday, March 26, 2016

Substandard medicines for TB

China is taking over the US pharmacology industry, so gets a bad reputation.

But the problem in quality control isn't limited to China:

The Manila Bulletin reports a medicine used for TB has been recalled by the FDA:

The FDA warned “that a specific batch of Rifampicin + Isoniazid + Pyrazinamide + Ethambutol HCl 150 mg/ 75 mg/ 400 mg/ 275 mg Film-Coated Tablet (Onecure) is being recalled due to the non-conformance to the specifications of assay and dissolution of the Rifampicin component as reported by the FDA Common Services Laboratory (CSL)-Alabang Testing & Quality Assurance Laboratory.” 
 Onecure is manufactured by Novartis (Bangladesh) Ltd. in Tongi, Bangladesh, imported in the Philippines by Sandoz Philippines Corporation and distributed by The Generics Pharmacy Inc.

so even though it has the name of big drug companies on the lable, the drug is substandard.

of course, they were caught.

How many "generics" or counterfeit medicines (i.e. manufactured to look like they were made by "big pharm" but are shoddy imitations) are around?

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