For Immediate Release
October 14, 2014
A federal judge from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio entered a consent decree for permanent injunction against Ascend Laboratories, LLC, of Montvale, New Jersey on Oct. 10. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the consent decree on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The consent decree requires Ascend Laboratories to post bond for the release of their unapproved drug products seized by U.S. Marshals in May 2014, which the company is then responsible for destroying under the FDA’s supervision. The drugs were seized at a warehouse in Cincinnati operated by Masters Pharmaceutical, Inc. (doing business as RXTPL).
In addition, the consent decree prohibits Ascend Laboratories and all other associated persons who act in concert with the company from manufacturing and distributing unapproved drugs until the company obtains FDA approval, including: Pramoxine-HC Otic Drops; Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories 25 milligrams; Urea Cream 39%; Urea Cream 40%; and Urea Lotion 40%.
“Manufacturing and distributing unapproved prescription drugs puts patients’ health at risk since they have not been found to be safe, effective or made using quality manufacturing practices,” said Ilisa Bernstein, acting director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Companies that fall short of our requirements risk FDA action to stop the distribution of their products.”
The FDA inspected Ascend Laboratories’ New Jersey facility in November 2013 and Masters Pharmaceutical’s Cincinnati warehouse in February 2014. The inspections revealed that Ascend Laboratories was marketing drug products without FDA approval and adequate directions for use.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.