RAPS: FDA: Explosions at Chinese Chemical Warehouse Contaminated Drugs

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday alerted compounders and drug manufacturers that shipments from Tianjin, China may be at risk of chemical contamination following two massive explosions in August at a chemical warehouse there. The agency has already detected hydrogen cyanide contamination in two shipments of drugs from Tianjin-based Tianjin Tianyao Pharmaceuticals Co., approximately 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the explosion site. The contaminated shipments have been stopped and will not be allowed in the US, the agency said, noting that it is working with the Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) on this issue.