GSK site closed after Legionella bacteria detected in cooling tower

After detecting the bacteria for Legionnaires’ disease in its cooling tower, GlaxoSmithKline Tuesday temporarily closed a manufacturing site in North Carolina and sent employees home while it cleans the tower and investigates the impact of the situation. The discovery comes as an outbreak of the infection has resulted in a dozen deaths in New York…

Ligday said the tower will be cleaned and retested before the site goes back into operation. “We are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our employees, as well as the safety and integrity of our products.”

Those products include 30 GSK brands in 500 presentations including its Advair and Ellipta inhaler products. In tablet form it also makes Imitrex, Epivir, Combivir, Wellbutrin SR/Zyban, Zofran, Valtrex, Trizivir, Zovirax, Lamictal Tafinlar, Mekinist as well as Tivicay and Triumeq, two popular HIV drugs…

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