KARACHI: Owner of Efroze Chemical Industries confessed on Wednesday that the batch of IsoTab produced for Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) was tainted with Pyrimethamine, an anti-malarial.
Contrary to his confession, the owner, while speaking to Express News, said that his factory should not be closed down only for this reason as the factory had 35 years of experience in the market and that their drugs were exported to over 20 countries worldwide.
Terming it a “conspiracy” to malign the factory’s name, the owner said that last year in September, some material was stolen from their warehouse and said that it might have been used in adulterating the batch of medicines.
He said that only this particular batch was spurious and that the rest of the medicines produced by the factory did not have any issues.
The owner also said that an FIR will be lodged in this regard.
Earlier today, a team of Federal Investigation Agency along with officials of health department reached the factory.
FIA Deputy Director Akbar Baloch said that the team will go inside the factory to talk to the management and added that media was not allowed to enter the premises at the moment.
Express News’ correspondent Farooq reported that there were chances that the company will be sealed after the discussion between FIA’s team and the management of Efroze Chemical Industries is ended.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association has expressed its shock at the incident. They say that a technical committee has been formed to look into the matter, and that they would be able to issue a statement tomorrow.