Sri Lanka bans substandard drug imported from India

Dec 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has suspended with immediate effect the use of a drug prescribed for renal patients due to suspicions of its inferior quality.

Use of the drug, cyclosporine, manufactured by the Indian company Alrita Pharma, has been suspended until its standard is consolidated, state-run television ITN reported.

Presently, the Ministry has directed to suspend the use of the 100 and 50 milligram capsules .The health authorities have observed lower drug concentrations in the bloods of patients who were prescribed the drug.

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the immediate suspension on the use of the drug after considering the complaints received from the Colombo National Hospital and the Kandy Teaching Hospital.

However, the Minister has assured that patients will not face any difficulties as there is a sufficient stock of the drug purchased from another source.

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