Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Health Ministry: Contaminated eye drug was illegally imported

The Health Ministry warned that a drug used being used locally for eye patients was most illegally imported and may be contaminated. 

The Ministry issued a statement recalling the drug, called 'N- CORT 40 mg/mL., Ml Intravitreal/ Intraocular Use (Triamcinolone Acetonide Injection Bp), Batch No NC-O2 with Expiry Date March 2022', due to possible bacterial contamination.


The Ministry said this is a product of Nischi Lifesciences b141/142 Mahagujarat Indl. Estate, Moraiya, Ahmedabad-382213 (India). This drug is primarily used by specialist ophthalmologists (eye specialists).

While Triamcinolone Acetonide Injection BP is not registered in Trinidad and Tobago, it would have been brought into country via parallel illegitimate importation channels. The Chemistry Food and Drugs Division of the Ministry of Health has already seized stocks of this drug from the supplier.

Any consumers who have this drug in their possession are strongly advised to refrain from use and contact the Chemistry Food and Drugs Division IMMEDIATELY via (868) 623-5242 and 800-2333.

Pharmacies and medical supply companies must IMMEDIATELY cease the sale of this drug and inform the Chemistry Food and Drugs Division.

Additionally, all patients and physicians who may have used this drug should IMMEDIATELY contact the office of the Chief Medical Officer - (868) 627-0014 ext 1616.

For further information, please contact the Ministry of Health’s Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division via (868) 623-5242/ 2834 and 800-2333. 

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