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Nov 15, 2014

Rat poison chemical found in pills linked to India sterilization deaths

BILASPUR India (Reuters) – Tablets linked to the deaths of more than a dozen women who visited a sterilization camp in eastern India are likely to have contained a chemical compound commonly used in rat poison, a senior official in Chhattisgarh state said on Saturday.

Preliminary tests of the antibiotic ciprocin tablets were found to contain zinc phosphide, Siddhartha Pardeshi, the chief administrator for the Bilaspur district told Reuters.

Nov 14, 2014

Sterilization deaths expose India’s struggle with faulty drugs

BILASPUR India (Reuters) – The recent deaths of 15 people linked to a small pharmaceutical factory in the eastern city of Raipur have highlighted how easily adulterated drugs can enter India’s huge healthcare system.

Experts say the government is underestimating the scale of the problem, hampering efforts to rein in abuses in one of the world’s biggest markets for counterfeit and substandard drugs.

Nov 14, 2014

Police search India drug factory linked to sterilisation deaths

RAIPUR/BILASPUR, India, Nov 14 (Reuters) – When Indian
police came knocking at Sumit and Rajesh Mahawar’s
pharmaceutical plant two days ago, they say the father and son
locked the doors from the inside. A few hours later, after the
police left, witnesses reported smoke started rising from
medicines burning behind the building.

Mahawar Pharmaceuticals, run from an upscale residential
street in the eastern city of Raipur, is now at the centre of a
probe into more than a dozen deaths in eastern India after 83
women were sterilised at a government-run family planning camp.

Nov 14, 2014

New death in Chhattisgarh blamed on same antibiotics used in sterilisation camp

BILASPUR (Reuters) – One person has died and six more were hospitalised after consuming antibiotic tablets apparently from the same batch blamed for more than a dozen deaths following a sterilisation camp in Chhattisgarh, two hospital officials said on Friday.

The patients were being treated at the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences where one of them died, the officials from the hospital said. They declined to be named because they were not authorised to speak to media.

Nov 14, 2014

New India death blamed on same antibiotics used in sterilisation camp

BILASPUR, India, Nov 14 (Reuters) – One person has died and
six more were hospitalized after consuming antibiotic tablets
apparently from the same batch blamed for more than a dozen
deaths following a sterilisation camp in eastern India, two
hospital officials said on Friday.

The patients were being treated at the Chhattisgarh
Institute of Medical Sciences where one of them died, the
officials from the hospital said. They declined to be named
because they were not authorized to speak to media.

Nov 13, 2014

Tainted drugs suspected in Indian sterilisation surgery deaths

PANDARI, India, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Tainted or sub-standard
drugs probably led to the deaths of 13 Indian women after
sterilisation surgery at a family-planning “camp”, and owners of
the factories that produced them have been summoned for
questioning, a senior official said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the doctor who carried out the sterilisation of
83 women in less than three hours at a hospital in the eastern
state of Chhattisgarh denied reports the equipment he used was
rusty or dirty and blamed adulterated medicines for the tragedy.

Nov 13, 2014

Chhattisgarh doctor blames tainted drugs for deaths after sterilisation surgery

PANDARI, Chhattisgarh (Reuters) – The doctor whose sterilisation of 83 women in less than three hours ended in at least a dozen deaths said on Thursday the express operations were his moral responsibility and blamed adulterated medicines for the tragedy.

Dr R.K. Gupta, who says he has conducted more than 50,000 such operations, denied that his equipment was rusty or dirty and said it was the government’s duty to control the number of people that turned up at his family-planning “camp”.

Nov 13, 2014

India doctor blames tainted drugs for deaths after sterilization surgery

PANDARI India (Reuters) – The doctor whose sterilization of 83 women in less than three hours ended in at least a dozen deaths said on Thursday the express operations were his moral responsibility and blamed adulterated medicines for the tragedy.

Dr R. K Gupta, who says he has conducted more than 50,000 such operations, denied that his equipment was rusty or dirty and said it was the government’s duty to control the number of people that turned up at his family-planning “camp”.

Nov 12, 2014

Women face hasty surgery, dirty clinics in Indian sterilisation drive

RAIPUR India (Reuters) – The scene in the gloomy room where 83 women were sterilised last weekend is repeated routinely at makeshift contraception clinics across India: bloodstained sheets that aren’t changed between patients, and hasty two-minute surgeries.

Only this time, something went tragically wrong.

More than a dozen of the mostly poor and illiterate villagers operated on by Dr. R.K. Gupta have since died, and scores remain sick in hospital, many of them in intensive care.

Nov 12, 2014

Women face hasty surgery, dirty clinics in sterilisation drive

RAIPUR India (Reuters) – The scene in the gloomy room where 83 women were sterilised last weekend is repeated routinely at makeshift contraception clinics across India: bloodstained sheets that aren’t changed between patients, and hasty two-minute surgeries.

Only this time, something went tragically wrong.

More than a dozen of the mostly poor and illiterate villagers operated on by Dr. R.K. Gupta have since died, and scores remain sick in hospital, many of them in intensive care.

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      "Aditya is part of the India politics, economy and general news team at the Reuters bureau in New Delhi. After joining Reuters in July 2008, Aditya spent nearly six years managing content and writing for the Reuters.com India edition. During 2013-14, he was closely involved in developing the website's India Insight platform, writing on topics ranging from business and politics to stocks and mutual funds. Follow him on Twitter @adityakalra"
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