Time Waits for No Lab, Ranbaxy Learns
This article was originally published in The Gold Sheet
Time waits for no lab learn Ranbaxy and new owner Daiichi Sankyo as stock sinks after FDA sanctions firm for holding stability testing samples in refrigerators until its overworked lab could get around to testing them. Lab was backdating same-day testing of 30-, 60- and 90-day samples, FDA said as it slapped Ranbaxy with application integrity letter.
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