Drug Safety Alerts

Attention (ALERT)!

“Cotton Wool” has been declared SUB-STANDARD!

Absorbent Cotton Wool B.P.C 200gm

Description: Absorbent Cotton Wool Well carded, bleached to good white, free from leaf, shell and foreign matter. It offers appreciable resistance when pulled and do not shed dust when gently shaken.

Batch No. CT0315

Manufactured by: Rehman Rainbow (Pvt.) Ltd. 82-Industrail Estate KotLakhpat, Lahore.

Background: Provincial Drug Inspector collected the sample from Tehsil Daska Dist. Sialkot, and sent it to the Punjab Drug Testing Laboratory (DTL) for testing and analysis.

Problem: Manufacturer has claimed the absorbency of cotton wool is NMT 10 seconds at 20-25 °C (BPC). But the DTL has determined the absorbency of cotton wool 2 minutes and 39 seconds which does not comply the stated specifications. Therefore, DTL has declared it SUB-STANDARD.

Recommendation: This product does not meet appropriate quality standards and specifications and may therefore, be ineffective and potentially harmful to patients. All concerned are intimated to keep caution in procurement, dispensation, promotion and use of this pharmaceutical product.

Note. Healthcare professionals and consumers are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of any pharmaceutical product to Provincial Drugs Control Unit Punjab through mentioned URL: mss.punjab.gov.pk/reporttgrp

Drug Safety Alerts,

Provincial Drug Control Unit,

Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department,

Govt. of the Punjab