China suspends Bristol-Myers' cancer drug over findings at US plant

China suspends Bristol-Myers' cancer drug over findings at US plant

China has suspended sale, import and use of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's cancer drug, Abraxane, the U.S. drugmaker's China marketing partner said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Logo of global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb is pictured on the blouse
FILE PHOTO: Logo of global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb is pictured on the blouse of an employee in Le Passage, near Agen, France March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

REUTERS: China has suspended sale, import and use of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's cancer drug, Abraxane, the U.S. drugmaker's China marketing partner said on Wednesday.

The suspension by China National Medical Products Administration is based on inspection findings at Bristol-Myers' contract manufacturing facility in the United States, partner Beigene Ltd said.

Beigene and Bristol-Myers were working to restore supply as soon as possible, said the China-based drugmaker, which signed an agreement with Bristol-Myers' Celgene unit in 2017 to market and distribute Abraxane.

Along with remediation efforts, Bristol-Myers has applied for approval to source its supply of Abraxane for the China market from an alternative manufacturing facility, Beigene said.

(Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi and Shinjini Ganguli)

Source: Reuters

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