The drug maker GlaxoSmithKline shuts down a factory in North Carolina after testing of the cooling tower found the deadly bacteria.
A manufacturing plant in North Carolina has been shut down by GSK. The drug makers GlaxoSmithKline temporarily shut down the factory after testing found deadly bacteria. On Tuesday in the cooling tower of the plant bacteria causing Legionnaire's disease was found.
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Legionnaire's disease is a severe kind of pneumonia. The bacteria were found as a result of routine inspections at the Zebulon site. The company released the news itself on Tuesday.
The shutdown of the North Carolina plant is not expected to disturb any supply of medicines. The plant makes a total of 30 drugs. The medicines predominantly made at the plant were Advair.
Advair is inhaled respiratory drug and brings in $7 billion-a-year in revenues for GSK. The medicine is also made at two other factories by GSK. One factory is in Ware, England and the other in Evreux, France.
According to GSK the shutdown was a precautionary measure. When the situation has been remedied the site in North Carolina will be opened. The cooling tower where the bacteria was found is a standalone structure. The tower does not come in contact with the medicine at the factory in any way.
Still GSK is taking all the precautions for the health of their employees and products. The tower will be cleaned and then retested before the site is opened. More than 600 workers were sent home as the factory closed.
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The city official stated to Reuters that the incident does not warrant a health alert. No threat is being posed to the city and the situation is being handled responsibly.