Exclusive: 5 On Your Side investigation uncovers serious quality concerns at northeast Ohio drug lab

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Exclusive: 5 On Your Side investigation uncovers serious quality concerns at northeast Ohio drug lab

WEWS – An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation uncovers government documents citing “quality control” issues at a northeast Ohio pharmaceutical lab.

Inspectors with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration spent nearly two weeks reviewing procedures at Ben Venue Laboratories in Bedford last May.

The 33-page report obtained by NewsChannel5 revealed that inspectors found “quality control” problems that included “lack of adequate oversight, stainless steel particles in some drugs, gloves not sterilized and bacterial contamination…”

The national drug shortage has prompted legislation by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) that would require pharmaceutical companies to alert hospital and physicians of pending drug shortages.

“At least the drug companies need to tell the government and we then can tell patients there is an impending shortage,” said Brown.

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