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Gujarat pharma company blacklisted by Nigerian drug regulator for ‘substandard’ antibiotics

October 21, 2020

For manufacturing “substandard and falsified” antibiotic tablets, Gujarat-based pharma firm Mars Remedies got blacklisted by Nigeria’s drug regulator National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). In a letter written to Mars Remedies on 9 October, the NAFDAC said the company manufactured “falsified” Ciprofloxacin 500mg tablets. The letter was also marked to Dr V.G. Somani, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic which is used to treat bacterial infections. India is one of the world’s largest exporters of antibiotic tablets. According to the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil), an arm that functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Nigeria is the fifth largest export destination for India’s pharmaceuticals by value.

It is to formally bring to our notice the recent incident of pharmaceutical products inspection violation by the company with respect to the manufacture of eight batches of falsified Pinnacle Ciprofloxacin 500mg film coated Tablets for export to Nigeria.

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