Last month, Novartis disclosed that it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration about manufacturing issues at two facilities in India that are operated by its Sandoz generic drug unit.
At the time, the company noted it was working closely with the FDA to resolve the problems. But Novartis never actually specified what bothered the agency. Now, the warning letter has been posted on the FDA website, and the infractions are concerning, especially given that the plants are run by one of the world’s largest suppliers of generic medicines.
The disclosure comes amid ongoing FDA scrutiny of overseas manufacturing plants, particularly in India, where a string of drug makers has failed inspections and had products banned from the US. The Indian pharmaceutical industry is furious that the agency appears to be singling out its ranks for infractions; however the Sandoz letter indicates the FDA is not confining its reviews to India’s domestic drug makers.