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Drug authorities ordered to give 15L to families of 104 children killed by fake syrup

High Court declares illegal inaction of Directorate General of Drug Administration in controlling business of fake medicines

Update : 02 Jun 2022, 06:29 PM

The High Court has ordered the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) to give Tk15 lakh to the families of each of the 104 children who died after drinking fake paracetamol syrup in 1991 and 2009.

The High Court bench of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the judgment on Thursday after holding a hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.

The court asked the DGDA to collect the money from persons and companies responsible for the deaths of the children. 

The court also declared illegal the inaction of the DGDA in controlling the business of fake medicines and ordered the authorities concerned to take appropriate action against the companies and persons responsible under the relevant section of the Special Powers Act.

"The court also said the DGDA cannot avoid responsibility for the deaths of the 104 children," Senior Advocate Manzil Murshid said.

As many as 76 children died in 1991 and another 28 died in 2009 after taking fake paracetamol syrup.

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