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Portal Pharmaceutical, Inc. 2/2/10

  

Department of Health and Human Services logoDepartment of Health and Human Services

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 

San Juan District
Compliance Branch
466 Fernandez Juncos Avenue
San Juan Puerto Rico 00901-3223
Telephone: 787-474-9500
FAX: 787-729-6658


February 2, 2010


WARNING LETTER


SJN-2010-02


Certified Mail
Return Receipt Requested


Mr. Jesus Portal Martinez
President
Portal Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Calle Mendez Vigo #67 Este
Mayaguez, PR 00680


Dear Mr. Portal:

On November 9, 2009, FDA issued a Warning Letter to (b)(4) (copy attached). As explained more fully in that Warning Letter, certain drug products that (b)(4) has manufactured are new drugs that lack approved applications as required under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act). Based on information obtained during FDA's inspection of (b)(4) in June 2009, your firm contracted or otherwise arranged with (b)(4) to manufacture one or more drug products that your firm distributes. These drug products include, but are not necessarily limited to:

(b)(4)
(b)(4)

The above products are drugs within the meaning of section 201(g) of the Act, [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)] because, as demonstrated by their labeling, they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases. Further, they are "new drugs" within the meaning of section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)] because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for use under the conditions prescribed, recommended, or suggested in their labeling.

Under sections 301(d) and 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. §§ 331(a), (d) and 355(a)], a new drug may not be introduced into or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce unless an application approved by FDA under either section 505(b) or (j) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(b) or (j)] is in effect for the drug. Based on our information, there are no FDA-approved applications on file for these drug products.

Additionally, because the above prescription drug products are intended for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners, adequate directions cannot be written for them so that a layman can use these products safely for their intended uses, as described in 21 C.F.R. § 201.5. Consequently, their labeling fails to bear adequate directions for their intended uses, causing them to be misbranded under section 502(f)(1) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 352(f)(1)]. Because the products lack required approved applications, they are not exempt under 21 C.F.R. § 201.115 from the requirements of section 502(f)(1) of the Act. The introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of these products without approved new drug applications violates section 301(a) and (d) of the Act [21 U.S.C. §§ 331(a) and (d)].

Further, as explained in the Warning Letter dated November 9, 2009 to (b)(4) the above drug products are adulterated, 21 U.S.C. 351(a)(2)(B), and thus your firm may not introduce or deliver them for introduction into interstate commerce, 21 U.S.C. § 331 (a). 

The violations cited in this letter are not intended to be an all-inclusive statement of violations that may exist in connection with your products. In particular, violations cited in this letter are not necessarily limited to drug products manufactured by (b)(4) and may apply to all drug products that you market without FDA-approved applications. You are responsible for investigating and determining the causes of the violations identified above and for preventing their recurrence or the occurrence of other violations. It is your responsibility to assure that your firm complies with all requirements of federal law and FDA regulations.

You should take prompt action to correct the violations cited in this letter. Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in legal action without further notice, including, without limitation, seizure, and injunction. Other federal agencies may take this Warning Letter into account when considering the award of contracts.

Within fifteen working days of receipt of this letter, please notify this office in writing of the specific steps that you have taken to correct violations. Include an explanation of each step being taken to prevent the recurrence of violations, as well as copies of related documentation. If you cannot complete corrective action within fifteen working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which you will complete the correction. If you no longer market the above products, your response should so indicate, including the reasons that, and the date on which, you ceased production.

Your written reply should be addressed to the Food and Drug Administration, Attention: Carlos A. Medina, Compliance Officer, at 466 Fernandez Juncos Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901-3223. If you have any questions concerning the violations noted please contact Mr. Medina at (787) 474-9538 or by electronic mail at carlosa.medina@fda.hhs.gov.

You may find the Act and applicable regulations and laws through links in FDA's home page at http://www.fda.gov/.


Sincerely,

/S /

Maridalia Torres Irizarry
District Director
San Juan District Office


Enclosure: Warning Letter dated September 9, 2009 issued to (b)(4)