Taiwan earthquake leaves drug API plants unscathed
- Scinopharm Taiwan reported no structural or facility damage to its API plant in Taiwan after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island last week. None of its 570 employees were injured and the company is operating normally.
- Scinopharma told in-Pharma Technologist that strict government building code standards helped ensure its plant, along with other API facilities, survived the quake
- However, one poorly-constructed 17-story apartment building in Tainan collapsed, burying a suspected 100 plus people and killing 38.
Taiwan sits on a seismically active zone at the western edge of the Philippine Sea Plate. As a countermeasure, the government requires all buildings be built to withstand earthquakes. Scinopharm, a large manufacturing services provider focused on both R&D and API, says it adheres to all building codes.
Scinopharm is well known because of its size and because it ships 99% of the drug actives it makes to Europe.
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