Patients Died From Contaminated Benzathine Penicillin Injections – FDA
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has stated that its preliminary investigations discovered that three patients of the New Senchi Health Centre at Akrade in the Asuogyaman District in the Eastern region died as a result of being injected with Benzathine Penicillin.
The FDA said the three people suffered serious adverse reactions described as injection site abscess, skin necrosis and ulcers leading to their deaths.
The Benzathine Penicillin is presented as powder for Injection and should be reconstituted with STERILE water for injection and also used immediately to avoid contamination.
But in a statement issued by the FDA, it said, ‘The 0.9% Normal Saline Solution was reported to have been opened and used repeatedly for several days which might have resulted in the contamination’.
It assured that it has dispatched the Pharmacovigilance team from the Eastern Regional Office to Akrade to investigate the issue in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service.
The FDA advised healthcare professionals and consumers to be vigilant and report untoward effects of medicines.
Meanwhile, the two medical personnel James Yeboah, 65, and Simon Tarkrama, 42, who administered the injection have been arrested to assist in investigations.