CRACKDOWN AGAINST UNREGISTERED STENTS BY DRAP
Chitral Times Report
Federal inspector of Drugs conducted a raid on Shifa
International Hospital Islamabad to observe the use of unregistered
stents. Main pharmacy, Satellite Pharmacy, cardiac ward and Kath
Lab where stents are used and inspected thoroughly for 8 hours.
Stents of Abbott, Medtronic, Blur medicine’s Devices and Boston
were in use approved by DRAP
An investigation team comprising of Additional Director Quality
Assurance, Director Medical Devices and Deputy Director General
conducted investigation on Mayo Hospital Lahore case.
Statements of Prof. Shafiq Saqib Cardiac Surgeon, Nurses,
Technicians were recorded. Poor storage practices of medicine’s and
stents were observed in old and tertiary care hospital of the 110
million populous province of Pakistan. Five different types of
stents, Catheter, Baloon and Sutures were seized due to not meeting
the regulatory requirements of registration, not meeting the
packaging and labelling rules, 1986.
Federal drug inspector Lahore took serious notice about apathic
storage conditions of warehouse of Government hospital.
Saving Life technology and Pak Punjab Carded supplied unregistered
stents to the Mayo Hospital Lahore with the consent of Consultants
were noticed. It is violation of Drug Act 1976. The case would be
sent to Drug Court Lahore.
AM Systems and Ferozsons supplied registered stents approved by
DRAP were in use too. Authority has approved stents imported from
America, Germany, Netherland and Ireland. Two imported brands which
are popular in the world are registered with Drug Regulatory
Authority of Pakistan and doctors and hospitals were advised to use
only registered stents.