News Use of Isotab banned globally

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Mar 5, 2010
LAHORE: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued global instructions to stop the use of Isotab tablets manufactured in a Karachi based company, Geo News reported.

A laboratory in London Tuesday declared one of the cardiac drugs as contaminated with an antimalarial, which caused the deaths of more than hundred patients in Lahore.

According to details, the samples of Isotab (tablet), which were dispatched to a state-of-the-art lab in London, were tested as substandard and injurious to health.

The lab report revealed Isotab samples to be heavily contaminated with Pyrimethamine, a commonly used antimalarial.

Experts are attributing Pyrimethamine to those deadly reactions, which continue to kill cardiac patients using the tainted life-saving drugs.

Traces of antimalarial in the samples of "Isotab" were dangerously high, it added.

The Punjab Government Health Department said an antidote has been produced about which guidelines have been issued to all hospitals.