Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RID Pharmaceutical Execs Charged with Manufacturing Adulterated Drugs that Killed Over 25 Children

On Monday, October 12, 2009; Mizanur Rahman and his wife Sheuly Rahman, two executives from RID Pharmaceuticals were formally charged in Dhaka court with producing toxic syrup that lead to the deaths of over 25 children.

In August 2008, the Directorate of Drug Administration filed the case against five officials of Rid Pharma for the manufacturing of substandard paracetamol syrup. In July 2008, the administration seized products and halted RID Pharmaceuticals’ production of all pharmaceuticals.

Further investigation and laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the toxic chemical diethylene glycol in spurious paracetamol syrup produced by Rid Pharmaceutical Company. Diethylene glycol, normally used in the textile and leather dying industries, was allegedly used in the preparation as a cheap but deadly substitute for propylene glycol.

Rid Pharma initially denied producing the paracetamol syrup linked to children's deaths, as reported in media. Officials of the drug company were quoted in the press as saying Rid Pharma "does not produce paracetamol syrup, but only suspension".

Bail hearing is set for Oct 19, 2009.

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