What do weed killer, engine antifreeze coolant, dry wall repair products, and active pharmaceutical ingredients have in common?
They were all stored in the same room at Syntec Pharma, which imports active ingredients and up until recently, was also repackaging them. Not only that, the company also comingled personal food items and some “unidentified” products in unlabeled aluminum bags in a refrigerator used to store – yes, you guessed correctly – active ingredients and chemicals.
There’s more: Syntec failed to have adequate controls needed to prevent cross-contamination between active ingredients. And while the company denied repackaging any highly potent active ingredients, it acknowledged doing so when confronted last fall by a Food and Drug Administration inspector, according to a July 6 warning letter issued to the company and posted Tuesday on the agency website.
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