Updated on 19 September 2013
The US drug regulator found a black fibre embedded in a tablet and said that it was most likely a hair from an employee's arm
Singapore: The US FDA released a set of further current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) violations that have been noticed at leading Indian drug maker Ranbaxy's Mohali unit. As per the US FDA documents cited in a Reuters report, the American drug regulator is said to have filed these observations as conclusions to their inspection of the unit in 2011 and 2012.
One of the 11 cGMP violations found by the US drug inspectors in August 2012 was finding a black fibre embedded in a tablet. The FDA said that it was likely either "tape remnants on the nozzle head of the machine or a hair from an employee's arm that could be exposed on loading the machine."
The FDA has said, "The firm did not conduct any analysis of the fibre to support these root causes. Further, a plan to evaluate whether the corrective actions of trimming the tape and implementing longer gloves for employees were effective was not established."
The FDA also found ‘black spots' of oil from machines in tablets and absence of running water in toilets at Ranbaxy's Mohali unit, as one of the reason import of drugs from this plant were banned.
"The investigation did not include chemical analysis of the tablet or contaminated tablets to support the absence of contamination and the root cause, which was determined to have originated from oil in the compression machine. There is a failure to thoroughly review any unexplained discrepancy in the failure of a batch or any of its components to meet any of its specifications whether or not the batch has been already distributed," the USFDA has stated.