Ranbaxy produces many generic drugs including amoxicillin, hydrochlorothiazide, metformin, acyclovir and gabapentin, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Amoxicillin is an antibotic, hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic that helps lower blood pressure and metformin is a diabetes medication, explains WebMD. These are among the most commonly prescribed drugs. Ranbaxy manufactures and distributes a large variety of medications such as gastrointestinal medicines, anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics, indicates Bloomberg.
Since Sun Pharmaceutical Industries acquired Ranbaxy in March 2015, products with the Ranbaxy label are technically products of Sun, according to the company's website. The merger followed years of difficulty for Ranbaxy that involved charges and import bans by the FDA due to manufacturing quality issues and false claims, according to the FDA and Drugs.com.
The FDA charged that Ranbaxy used raw materials from unapproved sources, faked test results to meet FDA standards, and then attempted to cover this up by providing falsified reports to the FDA, explains Drugs.com. In the years before the merger, Ranbaxy issued recalls of atorvastatin, its then new generic substitute for the brand-name, cholesterol-lowering medication Lipitor. The 2012 recall was due to glass particles in atorvastatin bottles, and the 2014 recall was due to a pharmacist finding a single 20-milligram atorvastatin tablet in a sealed bottle of 10-milligram atorvastatin tablets.