London laboratory has determined that Isotab,

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At a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif revealed that Isotab tablets, which are meant for heart patients, had been contaminated with an anti-malarial chemical, which resulted in fatalities to patients who used it daily. The medicine was given free of cost to patients of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).

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LAHORE:A London laboratory has determined that Isotab, a medicine manufactured by Efroze Chemical Industries, caused the reaction that hasso far cost 120 lives.At a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif revealed that Isotab tablets, which are meant for heart patients, had been contaminated with an anti-malarial chemical, which resulted in fatalities to patients who used it daily. The medicine was given free of cost to patients of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).A doctor familiar with the investigation, who did not want to be named, toldThe Express Tribunethat there were dangerous quantities of the chemical, Pyrimethamine, in Isotab.Explaining the reaction to the body, the doctor said: Pyrimenthamine is found in Fansidar, an anti-malarial drug. This chemical reduces folic acid, which is responsible for production of blood. Isotab is given to heart patients twice daily to lessen the burden on their heart. The chemical found in Isotab, however, was equal to 10 tablets of Fansidar, which means those who used this medicine twice a day were effectively taking 20 tablets of Fansidar, which suppressed the bone marrow, disturbed blood production, and ultimately caused death.The doctor said that the other four medicines under suspicion Cardiovestin, Alfagril, Concort and Soloprin were manufactured by lesser-known pharmaceutical companies. We didnt expect Isotab to be contaminated because its manufactured by Efroze C

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