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Banned Gentamycin Injection kills two in Benue

Channels Television  
Updated May 10, 2012

 The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control, NAFDAC, Paul Orhii, says a banned Gentamycin injection has killed two women, Florence Bagidi and Florence Saawuan in Makurdi, Benue State.

The DG who disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, said the victims died after being injected with the banned gentamycin 280mg injection by a quack, a secondary school certificate holder and a patent medicine store operator.

According to him, “We are investigating…deaths of two women who died following the administration of the banned drug. We want to alert Nigerians that there is banned gentamycin 280mg injection in circulation”.

Dr. Orji added that, the gentamycin had been banned, recalled and de-registered by NAFDAC in October 2010 but doctors, hospitals and pharmacies still stock the drug in their establishment.

Stating why the drug was banned, the DG said “it was banned after several cases of adverse reactions, including instant deaths, deafness in children, bleeding, anaphylactic shock and hypertension were reported in many patients who took the drug in Nigeria.”

“Hospitals, pharmacies and other outlets still stocking this products are hereby advised to immediately surrender them to NAFDAC…” Dr. Orji warned