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Bangladesh imposes ban on pharma company

Bangladesh on Thursday imposed a temporary ban on a pharmaceutical company after 24 children, who reportedly consumed paracetamol syrup produced by it, died of renal failure in recent weeks.

world Updated: Jul 23, 2009 13:57 IST

Bangladesh on Thursday imposed a temporary ban on a pharmaceutical company after 24 children, who reportedly consumed paracetamol syrup produced by it, died of renal failure in recent weeks.

“The company was also ordered to withdraw its products from the market and publish an announcement in three daily newspapers immediately in this regard,” a Drug Administration (DA) department official said.

His comments came as the DA officials on Wednesday sealed off a medicine factory of Rid Pharmaceuticals in central Brahmanbaria, a day after an official investigation was launched into the deaths of 24 children.

A health ministry spokesman said the seven-member investigation committee, comprising officials, doctors and drug specialists, started collecting samples of vitamin and paracetamol suspension from different areas and if nothing harmful was found in the products of the company, it would go for production again.

“The committee has been asked to submit its report by the next three working days,” he said.

Mizanur Rahman, Managing Director of Rid Pharmaceuticals, told The Daily Star that soon after getting the orders they withdrew the paracetamol suspension and vitamin from the market “though we did not use any harmful compound in our products”.