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US FDA bans hit Wockhardt sales, Q1 PAT dips 94%

Net sales slump 27% to Rs 991 cr

Reghu Balakrishnan  |  Mumbai 

Ltd, the Mumbai-based firm which is hit by import alerts, has posted decline of 94% in its first quarter net profit at Rs 20 crore ($3.26 million), compared with Rs 323 crore a year earlier.

Company's net sales also slumped 27% to Rs 991 crore from Rs 1,343 crore.

The United States FDA had banned the import of from two of the company's plants in India - and Chikalthana, citing quality lapses in the manufacturing process last year.

The had also expressed concerns over production processes at its Chicago-based Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals unit, which accounts for more than 50% of Wockhardt's sales in the United States.

shares fell 6% intraday to Rs 667 on BSE. Shares were closed at Rs 678.7, down by 3.81%.

In May, FDA imposed a ban on the company’s plant after inspectors found torn data records in a waste heap and urinals that emptied into an open drain in a bathroom six metres from the entrance to a sterile manufacturing area.

In November, the FDA issued an important alert against plant. Last year, UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) also issued a restricted license on Wockhardt's and plants.

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First Published: Tue, August 12 2014. 16:17 IST