Judge Issues Injunction Against Pharmacy Company

AUGUST 04, 2017
A US district court judge has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the United States and Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions of Salt Lake City, Utah, and 2 of the company’s co-owners, William O. Richardson and Rachael S. Cruz, and chief operating officer Jeffery D. Brown, which prohibits Isomeric from manufacturing, processing, packing, holding, or distributing drugs until they comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

Isomeric allegedly manufactured and distributed purportedly sterile drug products, including injectable and ophthalmic drugs that were adulterated because the drugs were made under insanitary conditions, according to a press release about the injunction. Drugs prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions may have been contaminated with filth or otherwise harmful if given to patients. The complaint also alleges that Isomeric manufactured and distributed unapproved drugs and drugs that were misbranded because their labeling did not bear adequate directions for use.

“Isomeric endangered the public health by manufacturing injectable drugs under poor conditions that compromised their required sterility and put patients at risk,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said in a press release. “We will continue taking strong enforcement actions against compounders who violate the Drug Quality and Security Act and put patients at risk by failing to produce sterile drugs in compliance with the law.”

The FDA most recently inspected Isomeric from Feb. 22 to March 24, 2017. Following the FDA inspection, because of a lack of sterility assurance for its purportedly sterile drug products, Isomeric agreed to a voluntary nationwide recallof all lots of unexpired drug products produced for sterile use and distributed to patients, providers, hospitals, or clinics nationwide between Oct. 4, 2016 and Feb. 7, 2017.

Previously, the FDA inspected Isomeric in August 2015 and observed similar poor conditions and practices for sterile drug production. Despite assurances that Isomeric was correcting its violations, a follow-up inspection in June 2016 revealed that the company had not implemented adequate corrective actions. Following this inspection, the FDA issued a warning letter to Isomeric.

Isomeric initially registered as an outsourcing facility in July 2015, re-registered in December 2015 and January 2017.  The complaint was filed by the US Department of Justice on behalf of the FDA.

Reference
Federal judge enters consent decree against outsourcing facility Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions [news release]. FDA website. Accessed Aug. 4, 2017 at: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm570130.htm

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