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Drug makers booked amid fears of surge in vision loss cases

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The Punjab health authorities lodged a criminal case against the manufacturers of an adulterated eye drug that led to the loss of eyesight of over a dozen diabetic patients, including a brother of senior PPP leader Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed.

On Sunday, an investigation team of doctors expressed fears of a surge in affec­ted patients after learning that the drug had been supplied to many trust hospitals, other health facilities and the local market.

The issue of adverse effects of the locally manufactured injection, Aves­tin, was discussed at a meeting of the caretaker federal minister for National Health Services (NHS), Dr. Nadeem Jan, with his counterpart in Punjab, Dr. Jamal Nasir.

After the meeting, the former told the media that a five-member committee, headed by Prof Asad Aslam, had been formed to determine whether the eye damage was caused by the medicine, cold chain management, sterilisation issues or doctors’ skills…

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