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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 1998  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 173

Contaminated irrigasol solution


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R Thomas


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Thomas R. Contaminated irrigasol solution. Indian J Ophthalmol 1998;46:173

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Thomas R. Contaminated irrigasol solution. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1998 [cited 2020 Jun 3];46:173. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1998/46/3/173/14953


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We were using Irrigasol solution (Core Parentals, Ahmedabad) in our hospital. Late last year our operating room staff discovered a bottle of the solution containing visible particles (Figure). In our stock of 67 bottles we found two more contaminated containers. Two separate batches were involved (E35-2512, expiry date June 2000 and E35-1384, expiry date June 1999). Our microbiology department reported fungus on smear and culture.

When contacted, the managing director of the company guaranteed immediate action and requested that I not take any other measures until contacted by a senior representative. The senior representative assured me that the suspect step (according to them) of packaging and transporation would be changed immediately. Amongst other things, I insisted that ophthalmologists be alerted to the potential danger and requested that warning labels be more prominently displayed. As the company manufactured other life-saving products, I urged them to consider alerting other medical colleagues too. An alert was promised for all Tamil Nadu ophthalmologists within two weeks and others within a month; other remedial measures would be implemented within a short time frame. The representative thanked me for not going to the press about the episode.

Despite repeated inquiries I have not received any evidence of action. Communications in the form of registered letters and faxes have gone unanswered. On 12 March 1998 I wrote to the managing director informing him that I would be writing a letter to this journal; to date there has been no appropriate response. While I trusted the company to take remedial action and acted in good faith, I must apologize to my colleagues for not bringing this matter to their attention earlier. Are there others who have faced such situations? Do the readers have any suggestions for dealing with such potentially disastrous situations?




 

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