Sun Pharma shuts Dadra plant after 17 employees test positive for Covid-19

Rutam Vora Ahmedabad | Updated on July 02, 2020 Published on July 02, 2020

As many as 14 employees at the Sun Pharma plant site had tested positive for Covid-19 since early this week, say sources   -  Bloomberg

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has temporarily suspended operations at its second largest facility at Dadra in the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli after 17 employees tested positive for Covid-19.

The Dadra plant — a USFDA-approved facility — makes formulations for the export market Among the top products produced at the plant include the much-discussed anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). However, it could not be independently verified from the company what products are manufactured at the plant. In a statement, Sun Pharma spokesperson said, “In the last few days, 17 employees of our Dadra plant have informed us that they have tested positive for Covid-19. We are offering full support to the employees and their family members.”

"Operations at the plant are temporarily suspended and will commence once all the necessary procedures are completed. We are cooperating with the local administration officials and following the recommended protocols to ensure safety of our employees and the surrounding areas.”

It is learnt that pharma supplies will not be hampered as the shutdown is for a temporary period.

“At Sun Pharma, we remain committed to ensure uninterrupted supply of medicines to patients and doctors and are taking all the required precautions to ensure a safe & hygienic work environment for our employees. The health, safety and well-being of all our employees is of paramount importance to us,” the statement said.

While precautionary measures are taken to avoid further spread of the virus among employees, a local source said, employees may have contracted the infection from a neighbouring locality in Dadra.

In May, Ahmedabad-based Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd lost three of its employees, while more than 30 had tested positive for Covid-19 at its Dholka manufacturing facility. The company had to close the plant operations from May 6 for about 15 days.

Recently, more than 100 employees of Bajaj Auto's Aurangabad facility had reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 and two had succumbed to the infection.


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Published on July 02, 2020
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