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Lupin spends big on quality control as US FDA ups scrutiny on Indian pharma

Employees are often videotaped to ensure they follow standard operating procedure

Reuters  |  Goa 

In 28 years in India's pharmaceuticals sector, Rajiv Desai has never been busier. Most of the last six months on his desk calendar is marked green, indicating visits to the 12 plants of Lupin, India's No. 2 drugmaker, where Desai is a senior quality control executive. Only one day is red - a day off. That's what is needed these days to satisfy the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that standards are being met. "In this sector, you're only as good as your last inspection," Desai said in his office in suburban Mumbai. Often dubbed "the ...

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First Published: Mon, July 10 2017. 10:49 IST
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