Doctors at the Advanced Eye Centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) are planning to discharge some of the eye infection patients as their condition has improved.
On Tuesday, 30 patients were injected Avastin drug inside the eye , after which they developed an infection.
The next day, three patients showed up with redness and pain in the eye. Following this, the rest of the patients were called and infection was detected among all of them.
The patients were admitted to the ward and were administered intravenous antibiotic treatment. It is a five-day treatment.
“All our patients are recovering. Tomorrow we will hold a meeting and decide if some patients can be discharged,” said an ophthalmologist.
A report prepared by doctors states that the culture from Avastin bottle (batch number B7034B02) had grown bacteria (stenotrophomonas maltofilia), which has led to the infection.
The drug was purchased from a local chemist for the first time by PGIMER.
Avastin drug banned in the city
The drug controller office, Chandigarh, banned the sale and purchase of the Avastin drug on Sunday in the city till further orders. Drug controller Jasbir Singh also issued an instruction to the Chemist Association’s president to recall the Avastin drug stock in the city’s chemists shops.
The decision is taken comes after 30 patients, injected Avastin for infection at the PGIMER last week, reported infection. The drug was purchased from a local chemist.
“We will inspect the shop from where the drug was purchased, on Monday. From now on, those who’ll be caught selling the Avastin drug will be prosecuted,” said Jasbir Singh.