You’ve seen drug ads on TV where at the end of the commercial there is a laundry list of every possible safety warning associated with the product. Well, apparently, there might need to be a new one added: implosion.
That’s right. Earlier this year, the FDA had found that drug manufacturer Sun Pharmaceuticals in Cranbury, NJ (Exit-8A) had bottles of the generic lipid-lowering medicine Gemfibrozil that were imploding on the shelves. The best part is that Sun had known about the implosions for six months and done nothing about it.
Needless to say, the FDA has made them recall the –errr – defective packages, but last week the agency also cited Sun for being “out of control” and not following standard Good Manufacturing Practices.
I’ve worked in the drug and biotech industry for a long time now, and I know the vast majority of people in it want nothing more than to help people, but good lord this just ticks me off.