A two-month-old child died two days after being administered a five-in-one vaccine, Pentavalent, at the Advanced Paediatrics Centre (APC) of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. The UT drug controller on Saturday sealed the stock of the vaccine at the shop from where the vaccine had been purchased.
The vaccine is being sold under the brand name Pentavac PFS, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, a public sector unit. The vaccine protects children from diseases like hepatitis-B, diphtheria (an upper respiratory tract illness), tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and Hib (for protection from pneumonia.
It was sold by Baby Care Chemists located inside the APC. A five-in-one vaccine from the same chemist had resulted in the death of a child two years back.
According to sources in the UT drug department, the vaccine was purchased on Thursday by parents of the child living in Manimajra from Baby Care Chemists.
The drug was administered on the same day in vaccination room of the Advanced Pediatrics Centre of the PGIMER. A couple of hours later, the child’s condition started deteriorating.
He was taken to a private hospital, from where he was referred to UT Health Centre, Manimajra. As the condition the child worsened, he was referred to Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16 (GMSH-16). But by the time parents took the child there on Saturday, he was declared brought dead.
The parents brought the matter in the knowledge of doctors at the Advanced Pediatrics Centre, who immediately sent a communication to UT’s drug controller.
Taking serious note of the incident, the drug controller on Saturday made surprise check at the Baby Care Chemists and sealed all the available stocks and carried out an inspection of the purchase and sale accounts of the chemist shop.
Sources said that in Chandigarh a total 646 vials of the vaccine reached city out of these 117 are still unsold in the market, which have been sealed by the UT drugs control department.
“We have sealed the drug under Form 15, which is temporary sealing,” said Sunil Chaudhary, UT drug controller.
When contacted Yash Gupta, owner of Baby Care Chemists, said, “We sold three vials on the same day of the same batch. We have sold numerous in the past one year and received no complaints. We are maintaining the cold chain properly,” said Gupta.