Free medicine: LHC orders respondents to file reply by January 30

Published: January 26, 2012

Death toll of PIC victims reach 101. DESIGN: ANAM HALEEM

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court ordered all respondents in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) free medicine case to file their replies by January 30, as the death toll reached 101, Express News reported.

The LHC bench, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandyal, was hearing the case on Thursday.

Muhammad Azhar Siddique had filed a petition on Monday, stating that over two dozen patients had died and dozens of others were in critical condition after using medicines supplied by the PIC.

The petitioner stated that the case was of sheer negligence of the PIC administration for which they should be taken to task.

The medicine triggered an unknown disease that is said to get deposited in the bone marrow and ultimately ends the body’s resistance. The generation of white blood cells stops in the body and a severe chest infection also takes place.

Reader Comments (2)

  • Naseem Islam
    Feb 9, 2012 - 8:53AM

    Some one out there please focus on how did Fansidar get mixed with Isotab, so that lessons can be learnt and this tragedy is not repeated.Was it human error, or some change in procedure at the pharmaceutical company or totally something else. What about the in-house quality control. was it normally practised? We need answers. I hope this case will not get fudged.I am keeping faith that the chief minister will want to get at the truth of this case.

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  • Amjad
    Feb 9, 2012 - 3:16PM

    The Sind Government should find out why the Efroze factory in Karachi was allowed to operate and make bad drugs that were sent to other parts of Pakistan to kill innocents.

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