Generic Blood Pressure Medication Under Drug Recall
Another generic pharmaceutical manufacturer based in India has issued a large drug recall, this time for Metoprolol, a generic form of AstraZeneca’s branded anti-hypertensive medication, Toprol.
Wockhardt Ltd issued the drug recall in April, and a notice was put on the FDA’s website on May 14th. Reportedly, the drug recall covers 109,744 bottles of metoprolol which failed a dissolution test.
Tablet dissolution testing is important because it measures how well the drug releases into the body. Problems with dissolution can lead to not enough of the prescription in the patient’s body, or too much at once, which can increase the risk of serious side effects. A similar problem led the FDA to issue a drug recall for generic Wellbutrin after numerous complaints and studies showed that budeprion was ineffective because of dissolution problems.
The pharmaceutical company has already faced regulatory problems with the FDA in the past. Reportedly, two of Wockhardt’s plants were banned from importing drugs to the US last year, after the FDA found manufacturing violations that the agency believed could compromise the quality of the generic medications. One of those plants was making metoprolol for export to the US.
FDA Visit to India Does Not Help Regulate Generic Drug Recall Problems
Amid rising concerns about the quality of generic drugs manufactured in India, FDA head Margaret A. Hamburg went to India in February to investigate generic drug manufacturers. Unfortunately, it appears her visit has done little to prevent drug recalls related to quality control mistakes from overseas manufacturers.
Several generic drug manufacturers in India have come under fire in recent years because of violations of FDA regulations. Manufacturers Ranbaxy Laboratories and Wockhardt Ltd were both banned from selling prescription generic drugs in the US after federal inspectors found the companies had retested drugs’ efficacy to gain favorable results.
In June 2013, the Supreme Court upheld a 2011 decision that generic drug manufacturers were not liable for personal injury caused by their products, because generic drug companies must legally have the same safety labels as their brand-name counterparts. If a patient ends up with a personal injury due to safety problems with a drug they have been prescribed, they can sue the brand name manufacturer, but they cannot sue the generic drug company for misinformation about safety. Brand name companies, also, are able to independently update their safety and warning information, while generic drug companies have had to wait until new information about the original drug was released.
“Now, with the generic industry having grown up, most people are taking generic drugs,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the F.D.A.’s head of drug evaluation and research, in a telephone interview. “It’s really time to level the playing field.”
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