The Astra Zeneca facilities in Södertälje, Photo: Kontrast Foto/Astra Zeneca
might be fixed by the end of 2012

Computer failure takes out Astra Zeneca

The Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca says a fault in its new computer system has caused a shortage of many medicines, and has cost the company more than US$ 200 million.

The problem began in April when a 40-year-old system was replaced at the company’s facility in Södertälje, south of Stockholm. But, according to Swedish Radio News, the installation of the new system shut down production.

Among the drugs that have been in short supply are the ulcer medicines Prilosec and Nexium and the asthma inhalants Pulmicort and Symbicort. Astra Zeneca says it has recruited more than 100 people to deal with the problem, which it hopes can be fixed by the end of the year.

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