Centurion laboratories was founded in 1995. The company manufactures, supplies and exports generic pharmaceutical drugs. In the introduction to the firm on its website, it states, “most of our offered products are recommended to be taken after doctor’s advice.” The firm operates out of a 4,000 square metre facility in gujarat (see map above), where it manufactures its products and carries out limited r&d activities (limited from what can be told in our research). The firm’s machines are updated on a regular basis. Its homepages also states that, “in order to ease the financial dealings, we also accept payment via cash, cheque and demand draft,” which would suggest that this a small operation rather than any wholesale export business. They estimate that 60% of their business is in the export trade, being shipped mainly to the philippines, seychelles and vietnam, although other sales are made in the middle east, eastern europe and the indian subcontinent. They have 120 distributors . The firm currently hires about between 1-500 employees (according to its own website).
Note: It is unclear what distinction there exists between Centurion Laboratories (centurionlaboratories.com) and Centurion Remedies (centurionremedies.net); there doesn’t seem to be any. However, we have noticed that both have different banks (Centurion Laboratories uses Bank of India, Centurion Remedies uses Baroda Bank). This could possibly suggest a re-registering of the business under a different name because of credit/financial problems.
Mission: “To provide best quality medicines at lower prices and thereby contribute to the quality of life of the people and create a better society.”
Vision: “Our vision is to grow into one of the most valued pharmaceutical companies in India.”
Managing Director: Mr. Dhruval Patel (according to the company website, there are 4 other directors.)
Employees: “1-500” employees.
Note: Judging from the pictures that we have been able to obtain of Centurion Laboratories facilities (see below), it seems like a very small operation. The “1-500” range is more than likely an effort of the company to appear larger than it actually is. We estimate that the firm has less than 50 people (and probably considerably less).
There are very limited numbers of reviews for Centurion Laboratories products online. We cover some of these reviews below. Our suspicion is that the internet has been swarmed with phoney reviews of Centurion Laboratory products, probably paid for by the firm themselves. These reviews are often too outlandish to be true and made through unreliable channels.
Reviews of Vilagra and Vidalista (Viagra generic drugs)
“I have taken 3 100ml tablets with no effects, either my body isn’t accepting them right but years ago 1 100ml viagra tablet worked perfectly so these might be crap,I have taken 1 pill every 2 hours the last 6 hours so I don’t know whats wrong,they came in bubble cards and look professional but so far nothing,I paid only 1 dollar a piece so maybe you get what you pay for,im going to give it some more time,it might be mixing with my other meds wrong and screwing up there potency.”
“I’ve been trying the Centurion products that I received. They work to some extent. However, I need to take 2-3 tablets for that, so will use them up and avoid next time.”
“I just received my 100 Centurion pills,100ml for $107 that included shipping but there not working,I took 1 pill ever 2 hours until I took 3 total so now I know just to take 3 or 4 at the same time and hope they work,so far nothing,you get what you pay for.”
“I found Centurion Vidalista to be VERY potent.” — Source
Review of Filitra
Reviews of Filitra and Filagra feature on http://terrance5bubsy.blog.com/ but the site isn’t at all believable. It makes claims about both drugs passing FDA standards (which isn’t true) and being as strong as anything on the market (independent reviews above state otherwise).
There really is very little media surrounding Centurion Laboratories. One “blog” piece was quite misleading, however. See http://blog.internationaldrugmart.com/centurion-laboratories-products/. On this blog, it claims that Centurion Laboratories has been active since 1914 and has fulfilled over 100 million orders in that time. Centurion Laboratories themselves only claim to have begun in 1995. Elsewhere, this is stated as 1986. This only takes from the already poor impression created for Centurion Laboratories by the reviews and the lack of coverage.
Centurion Laboratories on Social Media
Centurion Laboratories has a facebook page and 0 “likes.” Centurion Remedies also has a page on Facebook, registered in 2010. The page has 0 “likes,” suggesting very little recognition, even in its home country.
Centurion Laboratories has no presence on Twitter but Centurion Remedies has a Twitter account, registered in 2011. There are no tweets and nobody has followed the company.
Centurion Laboratories and Centurion Remedies are unavailable on youtube.com.
There is a “Centurion Laboratories” from India registered on Linkedin.com, with 3 connections. One LinkedIn.com member (now an “Executive QA at Unique Pharmaceutical Laboratories”) shows as having been an intern at the firm. A search for Centurion Remedies yields two members: “accountant at Centurion Remedies,” and “production head at Centurion Remedies,” suggesting again that the operation is very small.
Centurion Laboratories has 0 presence in Western news.
Centurion Laboratories and Regulatory Approval
Centurion Laboratories lack regulatory approval in a number of countries. In their defence, they possess the quality control measure, ISO 9001:2000 and WHO-GMP certification.
There is no online record of any pending lawsuit against Centurion Laboratories. However, this isn’t necessarily a positive aspect for the firm. Generic drug manufacturers are generally hit with lawsuits on challenging larger manufacturers such as Pfizer, Roche and GSK. The fact that Centurion Laboratories doesn’t even register with any of these firms suggests that it isn’t large enough, innovative enough nor making enough headway in major markets.
Presence on Alibaba
There is only one product from Centurion Laboratories listed on Alibaba.com, this being the C-Vital Powder. This can be shipped within 2 weeks to anywhere in the world.
Centurion Laboratories only has one production premises, which is based in Gurjat. Images follow, as provided by the company website .
The company’s manufacturing facilities (right) are described as described as being “installed with modern machines and innovative technology.” Also, it says that the B-Lactum plant of the enterprise is “certified with HO-GMP.”
Centurion Laboratories’ warehousing and packaging facilities (right), are described as “commodious and spacious.” They claim to be able to protect their drugs from adulteration, pilferage, heat, moisture and dust. All of which would be assumed by a normal company.
The firm’s research and development facilities are pictured on the right. Their blurb about this on their website doesn’t make an awful lot of sense, but given the size of their operations, we can conclude that little R&D happens within the walls of Centurion Laboratories.