Dear Sir / Madam,
I apology for grammar of this entry, but I am struggling to focus and to see
as well as with my other medical problems.
To understand the scope of what I am stating it is important to realize the
size of this large Facility in question (Apotex Etobicoke), number of
employees on that particular location at any given time (almost eight
hundred + people - to a thousand in pick period) ON THE BEGINNING of the
transformation / construction period in which Company underwent with out
limiting manufacturing yields and on contrary continuously adding up dozens
of new products. Shortly after criminal termination of a sick and disabled
employee Company managed to locate ONLY ONE PERSON WHO "WORKED WITH ME"
.That person becomes Company's "criminally motivated" witness).
New products were very potent and demanded isolation areas with electronic
alarm systems and dedicated equipment/infrastructure /separate buildings for
sole production of particular products as well as special GMP's/SOP's. All
of that was taking place during 6.5 years of my dedicated employment.
PRODUCTS WERE SO POTENT, THAT I AND OTHERS WHILE ENTERING PROCESS
/PRODUCTION ROOMS, WITH FIRST AIR INTAKE IN TO THE LUNGS WERE EXPERIENCING
HORIFYING PAIN IN RESPIRATORY PASSAGES (LIKE ONE WOULD INHALL FIRE AND
ACID). On contact with product skin cells/ lymphatic vessels ( structures
that drain lymph) were simply exploding causing horrifying pain and sores
oozing plasma ( the clear, yellowish fluid containing lymphocytes - white
blood cells that fight disease) from the tissues , hands, lips, inside of
mouth/ over the surface of the mouth and tongue, nose, digestive system,
stomach, rectum/ anus, compromising function of the lungs- respiratory
muscles, blood vessels, lymphatic system , nerves and all around whole body
etc.). The tongue was burned / scalded, strange tastes / sensations
developing. Developing burning mouth syndrome caused by nerve problems.
Often small, painful ulcers/ sores appeared on the tongue / mouth, disabling
salivary glands etc. Nerves that help detect and transmit signals to the
brain were getting severely compromised. At the same time all of it was
suppressing immune system and inducing many, many more horrifying adverse
long term symptoms.
In seconds nothing did matter any more.
We were entering twilight zone /total obliviousness and sensation of
flotation /levitation, physical /mental struggle/ fog, breathlessness etc.
Total obliviousness to danger and by many Operators terrifying rages of
aggression and many other medical/neurological problems etc.
At the time, when Apotex announced (year 1998) commencement of very
significant construction /expansion, Company had in production very large
inventory of sophisticated peaces equipment. After construction started all
of it become invalidated with severely compromised operational capacity. On
regular bases I was ordered personally (I was the only one permanent
employee ) by management to get in to interior of those process units during
trouble shooting while in process or shortly after while equipment was with
substantial products deposits left inside ( no Personnel to clean
I was very seldom told what product was processed and more often I was lied
to about name /nature of the products.
While inside I was discovering in spot light a clouds of air born product
micro crystals - like fiber glass and/or very fine powder - like a talc.
Often it was too late to react with Operators horse playing or on the floor
praying while high on actives and frequently urinating into floor drains in
production Rooms - also during production runs).
To give an idea about production capacity I will provide an example of
product named Paxil (paroxetine chydrohloride). NOT THE DEDLIEST ONE-RATHER
MILD IN COMPERITION WITH OTHER MATERIALS.
We produced / manufactured (MFG) and packaged (PKG) 12 MILION + DOSAGES OF
IT EVERY 24 HOURS ALONE (the process was like TORA BORA PRODUCTION OF
HEROINE) - operators with out any protection dispensing active from paper
bags / corrugated drums by hand directly into the Kettle / jacketed steam
heated vessel designed for food processing where active was boiled /baked
with out any ventilation- disabled air handling systems, with out
monitoring/compliance to spec/GMP/SOP etc. The fumes were accumulating in
the Room and all over the entire Floor. Powdered paroxetine chydrohloride
was all over the floors in Process Room and outside, blending up in to
deadly compounds with massive deposits of other discarded products on the
floors. Liquidized product (the solution was freed from visible particles)
was discharged into metal trays where it solidified in to bricks form and
subsequently was reduced in to smaller chunks by Operators sitting on the
floor and hammering it in to smaller chunks by hand/ maintenance hummers.
Smaller chunks were pulverized in CO- MILLS into small /micro
"pellets/granules). In such format pellets/granules/ (an "active" substance)
were appearing and behaving as waxy small particles. They were dispensed and
blended with excipients in 80 cu/foot bins (1000kg). The "active" never
bonded with excipients and right after blending process it was starting to
gravitationally separate from excipients and was accumulating at the bottom
of the bin.
Such separation created a lot of problems during dispensing in to tablet
presses and during compression process.
After compression, half of the batch contained tablets compressed solemnly
out of active ingredient and the other half of the batch with out any at
all. Think about needy /sick patients taking such product.
Produced tablets on regular bases contained array of other contaminants.
After announcement of expansion and introduction of new /deadly products
most employees from all Departments left the company (did not take long
before ALL left). At the same time I inquired with my Department's Director
about my future role and my protection during that period of expansion (it
was a difficult decision for me to make, because of my age).
I was informed, that I will have to work with out any supervision /
management (especially on night shifts) and I was reassured, that I will be
provided with all high tech safety equipment I will need. Shortly after
Department's Director was fired for taking bribes from Contractors and for
collapsing number of projects it turned out, that neither I NOR MAJORITY OF
OPERATORS DID NOT GET ANY SAFETY EQUIPMEENT AT ALL (PPE). All collective
safety equipment become invalidated/ non operational. Company concealed
names of processed products, did not display Work Orders or Safety Data
Facility Services Supervisor was supplied with full body rubber uniform and
air tanks - (like for bio- hazards) just to change filters on air handling
units (which frequently were stopping to work and disengaging LARGE waste
product collection drums , dropping them on to the Floor, discharging on the
Floor waste quantity of collected compounds from all Facility/production
Rooms -no one to clean), while I and all temporary Operators and other
Personnel worked long shifts (10-14 hours forced by Company) every day with
those products with out any protection at all AND I was DEALING WITH OUT OF
CONTROL DAILY PRODUCTS SPEALS.
Later on turned out, that he (the Supervisor in question) was in the loop of
people aware/informed by Company (by necessity) about new products and he
demanded adequate protection for him self.
Company could not lie to him because he was the one selected by Company (and
contrary to many others) he agreed to actively participate in criminal acts
on behalf of the Company. He was on regular bases (nights) demolishing
internal walls with out any permits (in process Rooms) during production
runs, he was disabling safety alarms for detection of contamination of
Personnel and manufacturing/packaging/Office areas, he was dumping huge
volumes of very toxic and untreated production waste waters directly in to
the city's system / Lake Ontario, he was "containing evidence of explosions
and blow ups of explosion panels on the roof of Facility during runs of
validation batches and contamination of company's grounds and area and he
did many, many more criminal acts on behalf of the Apotex.
Apotex started to produce new lethal products in not up graded and not
approved / validated by Regulators old facility. Construction invalidated
/DISABLED ALL EQUIPMENT /SERVICES AND PRODUCTS STARTED TO SHOW UP ON DESKS
OF OFFICE EMPLOYEES which all quickly left the Company in fear.
Due to lack of any Personnel, Apotex started to employ only temporary people
(almost solemnly new comers in to Canada from Afghanistan and Pakistan
desperate for work and earnings) with out language skills, with out
pharmaceutical/ technical EXPERIENCE, with out any awareness of safety
equipment. All of them were getting valiantly sick and Apotex rotated them
on daily bases. People were displaying horrifying symptoms of products
adverse side / overdose effects, many were getting heart attacks,
respiratory problems, skin conditions, many were getting swollen (popping up
like victims of deep sea diving not observing decompression ) and many many
more very disturbing medical conditions including psychiatric disorders
(profound neurological problems).Sample-one of my co-workers got heart
palpitations at work. He was taken by his wife from work in to Hospital. In
the Hospital he collapsed. Second time he was taken from work to his family
Doctor where he collapsed at Doctor's Office with hearth problems and he was
taken on emergence in to the hospital by ambulance. (Company managed to
destroy all records of this incident.). Fortunately all other record of that
incident survived-including blood work and some other tests done by Doctor.
Running of unknown products by temporary Operators with out any idea of
tasks they suppose to perform and due to equipment serviced by Mechanics
with out any experience (for example - landscapers) did cause extensive
damage to machines putting Operators and other Personnel at grave Safety
risk and causing very substantial /uncontrolled product discharge
contaminating area and all Personnel. On daily bases we did have such
occurrences as machines were not calibrated/ or were invalidated/ used for
not approved products with wrong Recipes etc. Often resulted in all of the
machines were regularly and substantially damaged and new tooling for
unknown product destroyed.
Like on the battle field with very potent actives all over the floors,
equipment and Personnel with out any Personal Protection Equipment and with
all systems invalidated / dysfunctional due to pending construction and
unauthorized /unconscious activities.
For many years whole Manufacturing/Packaging / Company looked like /as Nazi
gas chambers under going some horrifying experiments where people/ human
beings were just a lab / experiments objects.
For 6.5 years of very dedicated , loyal, productive work for Apotex
(documented) , Company victimized me , destroyed my health, life, dreams,
deprived me of all means of sustaining myself, deprived me of medical help,
Constitutional and Law protection and continues to torture me destroying all
my attempts to sustain myself during another 6 years after termination and
Ron McArthur - Apotex’s Senior Vice President
During news media interview (2002 ) Apotex’s Senior Vice President , Operations Ron McArthur offered a very liberal description / assessment of internal situation / non compliance as a Standard Operational Procedure ( SOP ) WITH IN THIS Organization ( Apotex ) which by its nature invalidated all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Apotex for years sacrificed own employees AND FOR MANY YEARS very negatively impacted unfortunate, afflicted, and very much suffering vulnerable people / health products consumers.
Scores of them were pushed over the edge by contamination, over dose (luck of actives) etc.
Justice was not served for those affected those who perished in agony / their families / General Public (somebody’s loved ones) often spending last pennies on meds which suppose to help.
Construction / expansion created mayhem for 6 + years.
Ron McArthur actually provided some real matrix / matrices.