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Aurobindo Pharma sued in US for hiding facts on cancer-causing agent

PTI     April 8, 2020

A class action suit has been filed against some drug manufacturers, including Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. and Emcure Pharmaceuticals, in a U.S. court for allegedly concealing facts about a cancer-causing agent, N- nitrosodimethylamine presence in metformin medicine. Florida-based law firm MSP Recovery filed the petition on April 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behal

Florida-based law firm MSP Recovery filed the petition on April 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of similarly-situated healthcare insurers to recover payments unlawfully induced by the drug makers- Aurobindo Pharma, Aurolife Pharma, LLC, and Heritage Pharmaceuticals LLC.

Metformin is the most prescribed oral pharmaceutical drug for patients with type-2 diabetes. The petition was based on tests done by Valisure, an online pharmacy. Valisures tests revealed that the metformin produced by Aurobindo and Heritage were contaminated with NDMA with levels between 37 and 266 ng per tablet.

As to Heritage's metformin products, the NDMA present was up to 8.6 times the FDAs interim daily limit. The Valisure, while posting the results on its website, however, indicated that Aurobindo passed the FDA test for the NDMA presence. Officials of Aurobindo could not be reached for their comments. The petition claimed that the defendants have manufactured and distributed metformin drugs throughout.

The drug makers breached their express warranties with respect to their Metformin drugs because the drugs did not comply with current good manufacturing practices, were adulterated and contaminated, were not bioequivalent to branded drugs, and could not lawfully be sold, the petitioner alleged.

The defendants knowingly and with an intent to defraud, concealed from plaintiff and class members the material facts concerning their pervasive cGMP violations "...made express and implied representations to plaintiffs assignors and class members that their metformin drugs conformed to applicable standards of quality, purity, identity, and strength, were not adulterated, and were merchantable, fit for human consumption and fit for their intended purpose when, in truth and in fact, the Metformin drugs were contaminated with a probable human carcinogen, the petition said. FDA For Hyderabad Facility The petitioner claims are typical because the drug companies, through their misrepresentations and omissions, caused plaintiffs a and the class members to pay for adulterated and contaminated Metformin for which the plaintiff and the class never should have had to pay, the petition alleged.

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