At least 68 patients have been affected by blindness after receiving fake injections in Punjab. According to sources from the Drug Controller Office, most of the affected patients were from Multan.
Sources said that the culprit, Naveed, was supplying the fake injections in the areas where the patients were reported. According to sources from the Drug Controller Office, two distributors of the original injection manufacturing company have also been stopped from further sales.
On the other hand, the Health Minister of Punjab, Dr. Jamal Nasir, said that the sample of the fake injection has been sent to the Punjab Health Department’s lab for testing. He said that the test report does not come immediately and it takes 2 to 3 days.
Dr. Nasir said that the Punjab Health Department has received the names of 20 affected people. He said that this drug had been in use for a long time and it had a high profit margin. He said that this injection was made by a multinational company and distributed by a reputable company.
He further said that one patient needs a dose of 1.2 milligrams from this 100 milligram injection. He said that these are very cruel people who were earning one lakh rupees on each injection. He said that this injection was being sold for 1200 rupees. He said that the investigation will reveal whether the drug was defective or there was a mistake by the doctors.
It may be recalled that after Lahore and Kasur, cases of blindness due to injections have also been reported in Multan and Sadiqabad.