Pharmaceutical

U.S. attorneys sue makers of Digitek, seek to close facilities

U.S. Attorneys in New Jersey are moving to close three Actavis Inc. plants, the company that manufactures Digitek, until they comply with FDA regulations.

According to the Associated Press, the suit requests the court to not allow Actavis Inc. and Actavis Totowa to manufacture drugs until the company complies with FDA regulations for testing, quality control, and test response. The company must also stop selling unapproved and misbranded drugs.

Filed by U.S. Attorney Christopher Cristie and the Department of Justice’s Officer of Customer Ligation, the suit states Actavis’ facilities in Totowa and Little Falls, N.J., have not only continued to fail FDA examinations, but Actavis has not made the required changes.

Between January 2006 and May 2008, the FDA examined the two facilities in Totowa and the one in Little Falls five times overall.

In April of 2008, Actavis recalled its heart drug Digitek due to pills being twice as thick as the original form. Due to the doses being doubled, Digitek posed a threat to its consumers.

The FDA discovered in the inspections that Actavis did not have complete lab records of its testing information, and did not verify that its testing methods “matched up with actual conditions under which the products would be used.”

These are just a few of many violations that continued throughout FDA inspections of Actavis.