Thursday, February 23, 2012

Banned Drugs

Unsafe and very dangerous drugs, banned across the world for causing multiple health problems, are doing good business in Pakistan with the direct or indirect approval of not only the Federal Health Ministry  and the departments in the provinces but also major public sector hospitals, posing threat to the health and even lives of the patients.These dangerous drugs, banned for causing cancer, hepatitis and heart diseases, are being manufactured and sold freely across Pakistan.
Provincial Health ministries including Punjab have purchased some banned drugs for providing free to the poor people. Major public sector hospitals including Services Hospital and  General Hospital have also purchased dangerous drugs, which mean complications among the poor patients in future after unfortunate episode of Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) medicine. 
Punjab Health Department has purchased tab Furazolidone 100mg , used as antidiarrhoeal, the drug is banned globally for causing cancer .
LGH has purchased tab Nimesulide. The drug, marketed with the names Nise and Nimulid, is used in fever and as pain killer but it has been banned across the globe due to its worst effects on liver.
Services Hospital, the health facility adjacent to PIC, has purchased activated charcoal 25 mg, a drug globally banned for causing cancer .  This drug is a form of carbon which is used to treat poisoning. It binds with the poison and prevents it from absorption by gastrointestinal tract. Development of cancer among patients after its use caused other countries including neighbouring India to ban manufacturing and sale of activated charcoal. This drug is still widely used in the country in spite of worst side effects.
Piprazine, used to get rid off abdominal worms in kids, is globally banned for damaging nerves. As many as 12 companies are selling this drug with different brand names including Biopar, Engpar, Hipar, Irza Par, No-Par, Pipragen, Pexopar, Pipramed, Polypar, Prozine and Wrmazine and its being sold freely.
About 13 multinational and national pharmaceutical firms are manufacturing and marketing Attapulgite, a formula banned globally for causing fat and nitrogen losses, with different brand names including Arutox, Bantox, Beetox, Detox, Entox-P, Kemypulgite, Neo-Intestopan, Printox, Pulgite, Semotox, Terlox, Unetox-T and Vee-Tox.
Chloral Hydrate, a sedative drug for children is banned worldwide due to carcinogenic activities, is available in the local market with the brand name Apnotek.
Furazolidone, another antibiotic widely used in the country for controlling dysentery, is banned worldwide for causing arrhythmia and cancer. It is available in the market with brand names Ardizol, Danoxone, Diarrazol, Eatone, Emil, Entroxone, Farmadine, Fulone, Furawid, Furazol, Furazolidone, Furoxone, Proquinol and Sumazone.
Different pharmaceutical firms are manufacturing and selling Gatifloxacin, an antibiotic used for controlling upper and lower respiratory tract infections, with brand names Agat, Florquin, Grayflox, Getif, Getnov, Getwel, Pang It, Yakta and Gaticin. This drug is also banned globally for causing hyperglycemia (sudden increase in sugar level).
Halofantrine HCL, anti-malaria, is banned in other countries for disturbing heartbeat. It is freely sold in the market with brand names Halfamed, Halfan and Halrin.
Kaolin – Pectin, used in diarrhoea, is banned worldwide for causing fat and nitrogen losses. This drug is available in the market with brand names Eropectin, Kaltin, Kaolin, Kaotin, Nepectol and Sapotin.
Metronidazole/Furazoladine compound, used to control diarrhoea, is banned globally for causing cancer and irregular heartbeat. Different companies are marketing this compound with brand names Dependal-M, Delzole, Depzole-P, Furamid, Mefudol, Metofur, Metrozole, Nafradol, Rose F.M, Rifuron-M, Tronid-F, Metric F and Truzole.
Nimesulide, used in fever and arthritis, is globally banned for causing liver failure. Despite hepatitis is a serious threat in Pakistan, multinational and local pharmaceutical companies are marketing this dangerous drug with 50 different brand names. This drug is being freely sold with brand names Amsolide, Analid, Arslide, Artilide, Blunid, Colway, Cox-2, Coxobid, Enim, Exilide, Fensulid, Frendcogen, Geoslide, Gravx, Lemide, Ledoran, Melide, Modact-IR, Muside, Narcogen, Nelsid, Nemsis, Neolide, Nidol, Nimaran, Nimase, Nmbex-100, Nimcox, Nimepan, Nimerol, Nimesota, Nimobid, Nims, Nimsel, Nimside, Nimsulid, Nimvista, Nise, Noach, Nulide, Orina, Orthosulide, Ostesoft, Pensulide, Rakalide, Rheuslide, Slide, Sulide-100, Unix and Wulid. 
The govt should take immediate action to stop sale of all these banned drugs and ban them if they are not already banned.
Nitrofurazone, a drug banned worldwide due to worst side effects, is available in the market with 10 brand names Doldercyn, Furacillin, Furacin, Furaseptic, Furatop, Furazoline, Furazone, Neufrazone, Nobofurazone and Primanitro.
As many as 11 multinational and local firms are manufacturing and selling Rosiglitazone (Maleate), a drug used to lower sugar level, with brand names Avandia, Ornix, Blutab, D-Engrax, Fandia, Mr-2, Pg Min, Rosizone, Rozi, Rozig and Zona-4. This drug is banned globally for causing heart and brain stroke and hepatitis.
Sibotramine, a drug used to reduce weight, is banned worldwide for causing heart and brain stroke. As many as 17 companies are selling this formula with brand names Trimfast, Accent, Butaslim, Getset, Kalgary, Light, Livvel, Merida, Nobese, Obecure, Oberid, Obesib, Reductil, Sibutra, Slimfig, Slimer and Tiamex.
Tegaserod, used to cure irritable bowel syndrome and constipation, is banned globally for causing heart and brain strokes among patients. This drug is sold widely in the market with brand names Lexttor, Serrod, T-Sod and Uniserod.
Source: The Nation


  1. I don't know where you get your so called facts; because, activated charcoal does not cause cancer. If it is known to clean toxins from the system, plus help with diarrea. I'd have to believe the real facts. Sure it may not be helpful to take it with medication and it should be taken at bedtime with a large glass of water as that is the time the elimination cycle starts when the body is at rest. Radiation and cemo are more likely to cause cancer then activated charcoal, believe it or not.

  2. The government should stop all these medicines immidiently or these medicines would take all the lives of poor peaple that do not know about all this