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European Commission final decision


On 22 October 2015, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended the suspension of Inductos, an implant used to help new bone develop in patients with spinal disc problems and leg fractures. Inductos will remain suspended until issues with the manufacturing site for one of the components of Inductos (an absorbable sponge) are resolved.

EMA started a review of Inductos following an inspection by Dutch and Spanish authorities which found the manufacturing site of the absorbable sponge to be non-compliant with manufacturing requirements. The inspectors noted that the manufacturer, located in the United States, did not have adequate measures in place to prevent particle contamination of the sponges.

Although there is no indication of risk to patients linked to the inspection findings, EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) considered that the quality of Inductos cannot be assured with the current manufacturing process. The CHMP therefore concluded that Inductos should be suspended until the manufacturing issues are satisfactorily addressed.

The CHMP recommendation was sent to the European Commission, which endorsed it and issued a final legally binding decision.

Key facts

Approved name
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name

dibotermin alfa

Associated names
Reference number
Article 20 procedures

This type of procedure is triggered for medicines that have been authorised via the centralised procedure in case of quality, safety or efficacy issues.

European Commission final decision
Opinion date
EC decision date

All documents

Document description

  • Questions and answers (Q&A) - easy-to-understand summary of key issues and Committee conclusions
  • Summary of Opinion - contains the CHMP opinion of the referred medicine(s)
  • List of the medicines affected by the referral (Annex I)
  • Scientific conclusions of the Committee (Annex II)

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