STAT+: Documents show problems at Novartis facility where cancer drug production was halted

Documents reviewed by STAT illustrate issues at a Novartis facility where production of a cancer treatment was halted this month.

Earlier this month, Novartis took the surprising step of voluntarily suspending production of two therapies that use nuclear medicine to target and treat cancer cells, and also halted clinical trials for one of the treatments.

At the time, the company explained it was doing so “out of an abundance of caution” in order to “address potential quality issues identified in its manufacturing processes” at facilities in Millburn, N.J., and Ivrea, Italy. No further explanation was offered, although a spokesperson did acknowledge regulators cited the company last fall for issues at the New Jersey plant.

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