Ranbaxy Laboratories, facing a host of regulatory issues, has recalled over 64,000 bottles of the generic version of a cholesterol-lowering drug, Lipitor, in the US after a dosage mix-up was detected. It recalled the tablets of atorvastatin calcium after a pharmacist found a 20mg tablet in a sealed bottle marked for 10mg tablets, the US Food and Drug Administration said on its website.
Ranbaxy, India’s biggest drugmaker by revenue and majority owned by Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo, confirmed the recall of select batches of the drug. But it said the company had not received any product complaints. The recall is being conducted at the retail level. A company spokesperson said Ranbaxy is proactively recalling the lots out of an abundance of caution, keeping the safety of its patients in mind and with the full knowledge of the US FDA.
The recall is the latest in a series of problems to hit Ranbaxy, which has had all its domestic units banned from sending drugs and ingredients to the US, its biggest market.
via Ranbaxy calls back cholesterol drug in US – The Times of India.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state have refused to eat and say they are on a hunger strike.
via Hunger strike by 750 immigrants at Washington state detention centre | World news | theguardian.com.
My family was different; our parents own struggles for freedom had given us a measure of liberty, but still, in extended family and community gatherings, there was a palpable sense of us and them, West and East: two worlds in collision, and I was crushed between them.
In those days, there were few ethnic minorities in Norway. I was called Paki and Black Bitch in the streets of Oslo, and in school the friendships I found were with other outcasts. Although a quiet student, if one of my friends were threatened, I defended them with all my strength. One of the closest and most precious friendships was, and remains, and will always be, the one I share with my brother Adil, who is now a well-known actor. Even today, we share our frustrations and hopes in the same way as we used to, back in that small room in Oslo.
via Rebel filmmaker & music producer Deeyah shares life on International Women’s Day | WNN – Women News Network.
activists marking International Women’s Day held a march in Beirut Saturday and called for the adoption of a draft law to protect women from domestic violence.
More than 2,000 men and women took part in the demonstration organized by the anti-gender-based violence group KAFA, marching from Beirut’s Mathaf area to the Justice Palace.
via Activists march in Beirut against domestic violence | News , Lebanon News | THE DAILY STAR.
Egypt on Friday deported dozens of female pro-Palestinian activists who had hoped to travel across the border to the Gaza Strip to celebrate International Women’s Day there.
The women, numbering around 100 in total and mostly from the Europe and the US, had flown to Cairo with the intention of entering the Gaza Strip through Egypt’s Rafah border crossing.
However, they were unable to make it any further than Cairo International Airport after Egypt denied them entry to the county. After staging a sit-in at the airport, the activists were sent back to their home countries by the Egyptian authoritities
via Middle east – Video: Egypt expels female activists on way to Gaza Strip – France 24.
White nationalists attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are planning to gather discretely this evening at a steak house in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, DC, which is playing host to the conference. The gathering is sponsored by the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white nationalist “think tank” whose mission is to “elevate the consciousness of whites, ensure our biological and cultural continuity, and protect our civil rights.” The institute studies the so-called “consequences of the ongoing influx that non-Western populations pose to our national identity.”
NPI’s Richard Spencer privately announced the gathering and guest of honor, Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance. Taylor argued in those pages that “Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears.” T
via Racists to Party Tonight at CPAC | Hatewatch.
Two fails for Fallin – wearing the “headdress” and a non-apology to justify the first fail. Christina Fallin, the daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, is creating outrage on the social media sites after a photograph of her wearing a fake American Indian headdress was posted on the Pink Pony Music’s Facebook page and Instagram on Thursday evening.
Apparently, the photograph was taken for publicity for Pink Pony music. The photograph has since been removed.
via Oklahoma Governor’s Daughter Wears Fake Headdress for Publicity Photo – Causes Outrage | Native News Online.