Company with infected eye injection awaits word from DPP

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Company with infected eye injection awaits word from DPP

The company that used infected eye injections on at least seven patients –  resulting in them being blinded in either one or both eyes – may soon have to answer in court.

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said a file on the company has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Roger Gaspard, for his review and decision. The Minister remained tight-lipped about the issue as he did not want to reveal any information that would jeopardise the case. As a result of the allegations, Deyalsigh said, the company will not receive any tenders. However, a source revealed that the com­pa­ny received over $15 million to sup­ply pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical drugs to public hospitals this year.

The drug is reported to have con­tained Tri­am­cineclone Ace­tonide as its main in­gredient. Back in July, the health minister had said that the drug was recalled after the main ingredient was made known. Sources confirmed a few months later that the drug had been imported illegally, and those who were treated had to undergo surgery to remove the eyes affected by the tainted drug. The patients have since been been given prosthetic glass eyes as a replacement.