Adverse drug reactions from Anesthesia reported in GMC hospitals

Serious adverse drug reactions have been reported in patients put under anesthesia using a particular drug forcing the authorities to stop its use and report the matter to JK Medical Supplies Corporation, through which this drug had been procured.

Serious adverse drug reactions have been reported in patients put under anesthesia using a particular drug forcing the authorities to stop its use and report the matter to JK Medical Supplies Corporation, through which this drug had been procured.

Hospitals associated with Government Medical College Srinagar have reported patients suffering 'serious unwanted side-effects' after undergoing anesthesia using drug Bupivacaine. "These side-effects look serious and appear like meningitis and a few cases of convulsions have also been reported," a doctor wishing anonymity at a GMC Associated Hospital said. He however added that no casualty had been reported and the effects were reversible. "The patients have been managed," he said.

Principal GMC, Dr. Kaiser Ahmed, acknowledged the adverse reactions being reported from the hospitals but said that officials were yet to confirm which drug was causing the problem. "It could be the anesthesia drug Bupivacaine or the antibiotics that were also used in these patients," he said.

The Principal said that 4-5 reports have been received from hospitals and the process of ascertaining various facts about the situation was going on. We have put a team consisting of physicians, pharmacologists, anesthetics and gynecologists on the job and will get a detailed report till Tuesday," he added.

GMC said that it had ordered an embargo on the use of the Bupivacaine batch that was being consumed and reported the matter to JKMSCL. "We have sent an initial mail to them and a detailed report about the adverse drug reactions will be sent once we ascertain the entire facts," GMC administration said.

Reportedly, LD Maternity Hospital, GB Pant Hospital's Gynae division, Bone and Joint Hospital and SMHS Hospital have all brought to the notice of the administration the complications in patients that had been given anesthesia using the drug.

Managing Director JKMSCL, Dr. Yashpal Sharma, denied having received any report about Bupivacaine and said that the drug was duly tested and found of standard quality. "I have not received any communication from GMC Srinagar," he said.

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