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SUBSTANDARD INJECTION FOUND AT B’NGIR DHHSaturday, 25 April 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar.
SUBSTANDARD INJECTION FOUND AT B’NGIR DHH
Saturday, 25 April 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Even as the Government claims that it provides quality medicines to patients at affordable prices, reports of patients dying due to supply of substandard medicines at Government hospitals are coming in. The latest in the series is the detection of a substandard antibiotic injection at the Balangir District Headquarters Hospital (DHH), raising the alarm bells. According to reports, a lady patient, who was admitted in the DHH with symptoms of infection had to be administered with a Government-supplied injection as per the advice of a doctor. On April 22, a nurse brought the injection named Masclv 1.2 manufactured by a company based at Rudrapur in Uttarakhand to be administered to the patient.
The injection, which is in powder form, is first mixed with 10ml distilled water before use. While the nurse concerned injected distilled water to the powder, the preparation soon turned black instead of approved yellow colour. Similarly, another vial of the injection when prepared again in the evening too turned black. The nurses reported it to a doctor, who ordered not to give this injection further. “This injection vial was manufactured in February 2014 and its expiry date is July 2015. We have got it from State supply. The entire stock of Masclv 1.2 injection has been frozen and the medicine has been withdrawn from all other counters,” said CDMO Dr RN Tripathy. “The Masclav 1.2 injection in question would be sent for further tests to the Drug Controller,” added Dr Tripathy.