Ranbaxy expects US drug office to drop charge next month

July 29th, 2008 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The United States Federal Drug Administration (USFDA) is likely to withdraw charges of illegal drug sales in the US by India’s largest drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories by Aug 3, a top company official said Tuesday. “We have received a written communication and we have also been given to understand during discussions that once we complete filing all the information sought by the USFDA, the motion against us will be withdrawn,” Malvinder Mohan Singh, Ranbaxy chief executive and managing director, said after announcing the company’s second quarter results here Tuesday.

“All the information sought from us has either already been filed or is being filed so that we expect the motion against us to be withdrawn by Aug 3,” Singh said.

“We have enough evidence to believe that some negative elements were behind all this controversy and we will soon take a decision on what appropriate action can be taken against these elements,” Singh said.

He said the deal with Daiichi-Sankyo of Japan is entirely on track and once regulatory approvals come in, Daiichi will announce its open offer slated to be made Aug 8.

“There is no change in the timeline as there are no issues as far as getting regulatory approvals are concerned,” Singh said.

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