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More than 40 sickened, 2 killed by contaminated drug at Villahermosa hospital

Villahermosa, Tabasco — The head of the National Human Rights Commission has ordered an investigation into the sickening of more than 40 people in a Villahermosa hospital, two of which have died, after being administered heparin sodium.

The 42 affected patients were administered contaminated or expired heparin sodium. So far, two patients have reportedly died at the Hospital Regional de Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in Villahermosa, Tabasco.

The incident occurred March 1. María del Rosario Piedra Ibarra, head of la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH) has ordered the initiation of an ex officio complaint to investigate alleged human rights violations.

María del Rosario Piedra Ibarra

“Upon learning of the facts through the media on March 1, the national ombudsperson ordered that deputy visitors, lawyers and medical experts move to the hospital to help the sick and their families.”

The agency reports that at least 42 people were affected by the application of sodium heparin used for hemodialysis treatment and as a result, two have died while others remain in intensive care.

On Tuesday, the hospital released a statement about the death of two patients due to the supply of a contaminated drug, noting that the contaminated product corresponds to lot C18E881 with expiration of January 2021. Their investigation includes the detection of Klebsiella pneumoniae.

“Personnel of the office of the CNDH in Tabasco have been present at the hospital where they were attended to by the director who indicated that they were attending to 22 patients under observation and four in intensive care who were affected by the medication.”

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