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TB patient dies at SCB Medical College Hospital after taking expired drugs


TB patient dies at SCB Medical College Hospital after taking expired drugs

Cuttack: A 17-year-old girl, who had become critical allegedly after taking expiry medicines for tuberculosis (TB), died while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital here, hospital sources said.

The girl, a native of the city’s Rajabagicha area, was suffering from chronic category II tuberculosis. She was initially undergoing treatment at the City Hospital here where she was prescribed the medicines four months ago.

But when her condition did not improve, she consulted a private clinic earlier this month, where another doctor found that she was taking medicines that have expired since September 2017. The Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) immediately ordered a probe into it.

In a critical condition, she was referred to the SCB Hospital a fortnight ago and she died today while undergoing treatment in the TB ward of the Hospital.

When contacted, CDMO B K Patnaik said preliminary investigations revealed that the patient was initially a defaulter of not taking the whole course of the medicines.

 “She was suffering from chronic recurrent disease of category II TB and her heart and liver were also damaged”, Patnaik said adding they are yet to receive a report from SCB Hospital about the cause of her death.



Source: PTI
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    Dr SJS Randhawa MD DNB January 2, 2018, 4:39 pm

    All drugs in a tablet form can safely be taken for up to 2 years after expiry. Syrups / Liquids can be used up to 6 months after expiry date. There is no bomb which explodes on the expiry date rendering the medicine poisonous. Expiry date has enough of safety time inbuilt.
    Left over tablets of world war II had lost only 5 to 15 % of their potency after 25 years and they were not even packed in Alu foils.

  2. It is highly doubtful if she died because of expired medicines. Sept 2017 is not a long expiry.