Walmart’s $4 Prescriptions Allegedly Sold By Banned Indian Company

June 24, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Walmart has perhaps once again taught us that cheap comes at a price, as details emerge about their $4 prescription program, which features a number of medications shipped from a banned company out of India.

According to a report done by Wake Up Walmart, a consumer-run group that is fighting to ‘change Walmart’, have found evidence that the company is using a manufacturer that has been banned in the US and Canada for it’s 30 Days For $4 plan.

The manufacturer, an Indian company by the name of Ranbaxy Laboratories, LTD, has been under FDA investigation since 2006, after it was found that they do not effectively sterilize their equipment, properly test their products, or do enough to minimize cross-contamination between drugs, making them a serious health risk. They also repeatedly fabrications information that was sent to the FDA.

After years of investigations, warnings, and strict regulations, the FDA banned them from the US earlier this year. However, Walmart has allegedly continued importing their products, and was using them through those years that warnings as to their lack of safety standards were being released. Walmart also continued to use them after Canada banned the company, saying that it was unsafe to use their products.

According to one of the investigations into Ranbaxy by the Department of Justice:

“Allegations from reliable sources and supporting documents indicate a pattern of systemic fraudulent conduct, including submissions by Ranbaxy to the FDA that contain false and fabricated information about stability and bioequivalence, failure to timely report the distribution of drugs that were out-of-specification (“OOS”), and attempts to conceal violations of current Good Manufacturing Practices (“cGMP”) regulations from the FDA.

Evidence suggests that Ranbaxy uses API [Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients] from unapproved sources, blends unapproved APIs with approved APIs, and uses less API in its drug than had been approved by the FDA. Any of these conditions would cause a drug to be subpotent, superpotent, or adulterated.”

For a list of drugs that violated the terms of the FDA ban, and were sold by Walmart, click here.


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