[Ip-health] Drug quality problems for GSK and BMS

pierchir at club-internet.fr pierchir at club-internet.fr
Wed Oct 27 23:28:27 PDT 2010

Dear all,
More details in the New York Times

Glaxo to Pay $750 Million for Sale of Bad Products
(...) This was GlaxoSmithKline's premier manufacturing facility, producing 
$5.5 billion of product each year. But Ms. Eckard soon discovered that 
quality control was a mess: the water system was contaminated; the air 
system allowed for cross-contamination between products; the warehouse was 
so overcrowded that rented vans were used for storage; the plant could not 
ensure the sterility of intravenous drugs for cancer; and pills of differing 
strengths were sometimes mixed in the same bottles. (...)

Pierre Chirac

From: "Baker, Brook" <b.baker at neu.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:05 PM
To: <Ip-health at lists.keionline.org>
Subject: Re: [Ip-health] Drug quality problems for GSK and BMS

> It's deeply ironic given Big Pharma's constant screel about poor quality
> generic medicines and how we need increased IP enforcement and
> anti-counterfeiting measures to address quality and safety concerns that 
> its
> own house is so out of order.  Not only is Big Pharma constantly pilloried
> and fined for off-label drug promotion, hiding negative clinical trials, 
> and
> cheating on pricing, but it is also apparently engaged in foot-dragging 
> and
> cover-ups when quality-control issues arise at its own manufacturing
> facilities.
> Maybe PhRMA (and the European Commission and the USTR) could explain how
> ACTA's focus on IP enforcement would help address quality-related
> malfeasance by its patent/data/trademark protected members.
> Professor Brook K. Baker
> Health GAP (Global Access Project)
> Northeastern U. School of Law
> Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
> 400 Huntington Ave.
> Boston, MA 02115 USA
> Honorary Research Fellow, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, S. Africa
> (w) 617-373-3217
> (cell) 617-259-0760
> (fax) 617-373-5056
> b.baker at neu.edu
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