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11-13-2013, 03:17 PM
Please check these articles out, If you are taking generic Plaquenil, manufactured by Ranbaxy labs, you might be taking a fake drug. There is a list of 30 drugs made by this manufacturer based out of India. As per report this manufacturer has been banned from an Indian hospital because of safety issues. Why should the U.S. trust them, better yet why should we?



11-14-2013, 05:11 PM
I checked with my pharmacist when I first heard about this a couple of days ago as my plaquenol is made by Ranbaxy.
He explained that there had been an issue with Ranbaxy generic Lipitor.
Apparently Ranbaxy did not have the required documentation that their generics were equal to the brand names as required by the USFDA.
He assured me that Ranbaxys plaquenol was never in question and at this time there was no ban on import or any recall in effect.

11-15-2013, 07:40 AM
Im sorry but he's wrong, I just dont trust this company. "Thakur reported his findings to the Food and Drug Administration in 2005. Their investigation found Ranbaxy had a "persistent" "pattern" of submitting "untrue statements." On at least 15 new generic drug applications, auditors found more than 1,600 data errors. This meant their drugs were "potentially unsafe and illegal to sell." Have you read these articles? If your medicine is working 100% for you ok, but if you don't know then we have to take action. I for one take this medication and my lupus has never been really under control and my rheumy tells me "she can't get it" well I can now say It might be because I may be taking a fake drug and I'm not risking it anymore, im taking a stand.
here's the list of all the medications the produce. http://badrx.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/a-list-of-medications-manufactured-by-ranbaxy-laboratories-for-sale-in-the-usa/ I'm just trying to inform you guys that's all

11-15-2013, 07:45 AM
It's most likely your pharmacist may not even know about this, mine definitely didn't when I called and tried to tell her about it. Although my doctor's office was aware of it already. I thought they should've called me and informed their patients about it not wait for us to call one by one. She said it wouldn't be a problem switching to the name brand and she would call it in for me. Can't trust anyone these days, that's why we have to be our own best advocates and stay informed. My rheumy tells me that I know as much about Lupus as her and that I'm as much up to date as she is, I thank sites like this one, because we have each others back, because if it weren't for you guys being here for me I don't know where I would be. Thanks guys {{{HUGS}}}}

11-15-2013, 11:05 AM
Yes I have read the articles-I also saw the CBS news report from Scott Pella which aired nationally here this past week.
After seeing the news report and looking up and reading the complete articles I of course was concerned.
This prompted me to call my local Walgreens pharmacist, my mail-order Cigna pharmacy and last but not least my wife who is a nurse who walked down the hall to the pharmacy at her place of employment to talk to her friend who is the pharmacist there. I also followed up with my ruhemy-but it took till the next day to hear back from him.
Everyone I talked to agreed that Ranbaxy had been involved with some recalls going back to 2005,2008 and as late as 2012 (concerning Lipitor) but there has never been nor is there now a recall concerning hydroxychloroquine. Many Ranbaxy products (30) were listed as having been manufactured at the same plant as the recalled drugs but were not reported as having any issues.
I also checked the FDA drug approval list and as of September 2013 Ranbaxy hydroxychloroquine was approved.
I absolutely agree "better safe than sorry" and sometimes name brands are better than generic and if you are able to switch I hope you get better results.