Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cancer patients given contaminated drugs

The health of 17 Queensland cancer patients had been put at risk after they were given a contaminated batch of cancer drugs.

Doctors are closely monitoring the health of the patients, amid fears the drugs could post a major risk to their weakened immune systems, the ABC reports.

Acting Deputy Director General of Queensland Health Jeannette Young says the patients were given the drug as part of their chemotherapy regimes at public and private hospitals across the state.
Affected stocks have since been recalled.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) last week issued a recall notice in relation to the drugs, the ABC said.

Dr Young said as soon as the advice was issued, doctors across the state were alerted.

None of the affected patients have so far shown any adverse reactions but they will continue to be watched closely, she said.

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