After the death of a six-weeks-old infant following an Easy-Five vaccination,the drugs control department and the health department have seized 29 vials from the chemist and also instructed the manufacturer to immediately call back the drugs.
On April 24,on the basis of a telephonic complaint received through Dr Soma,DFWO,a team comprising drug control officer Sunil Chaudhary,medical officer Dr Neeraj from GMSH 16 and Dr Vandana Mohan MO,police hospital Sector-26 investigated the premises of the firm M/S Baby Care Chemist,Shop No. 1 APC and had recovered 29 (1x.5ml) vials from the said chemist.
The investigation was regarding the death of baby Divyansh,son of Subash Sharma,who was vaccinated on April 23 with Easy-Fives first dose about 12 pm. On April 24,at 4 am,the child was found non-responsive and brought to PGIMER,where he was declared dead at 4:50 am.
The vaccine was purchased from Baby Care Chemist with purchase invoice number A11649 on April 23. The batch number is P1062/SBP-A,expiry date is 03-014,the company is Panacea Biotec Ltd. New Delhi.
The Drugs Control Officer has issued an order under Clause C of Sub-section (1) of Section 22 of the Drugs And Cosmetics Act.
The firm has disclosed that they had purchased the vaccine from M/s Sanyog Enterprises,Sector 24,who purchased from M/s National Pharmaceutical,Manimajra,the authorised dealer of the company.
On investigation,Surinder Singh Bawa,proprietor of the firm,said he had received a communication from Panacea Biotec Ltd on April 23 regarding recall of the Easy-Five stock. The firm has send the unsold stock of 490 vials of the vaccine to the compnay depot at Zirakpur. No stock of this vaccine is currently available in the firm.