Mumbai: Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has appealed to the state FDA minister Sanjay Rathod to revoke the cancellation of its licence to manufacture baby powder at its Mulund plant. Sources said that the minister heard the company’s appeal on Monday, although it’s not clear if a decision was taken.
The FDA minister is an appellate authority on matters of suspension or cancellation of licences. The drug regulatory body had on September 15 cancelled J&J’s licence to manufacture its baby powder in Maharashtra over safety concerns. The company was also told to recall its stock from the market with immediate effect.
The licence cancellation came after a one-and-a-half-year long tussle between the company and the state FDA. In November 2019, baby powder samples collected from Pune and Nashik for quality checks were found to have high pH levels. The company contested the findings and the samples were sent to a Kolkata lab,which validated the Maharashtra FDA findings.