Quality lapses at big drug manufacturing plants lead to shortages and danger

The Ben Venue facility in Bedford, Ohio has spent more than $300 million to upgrade the plant.

Quality lapses as big drug companies show that contamination and shoddy practices go well beyond the loosely regulated compounding pharmacies that have attracted attention because of their link to an outbreak of meningitis..

Weevils have been found floating in vials of heparin as well as morphine cartridges that contain up to twice the labeled dose. There are manufacturing plants with rusty tools, mold in production areas and — in one memorable case — a barrel of urine.

 

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