A Dhaka court on Sunday granted bail to two Rid Pharmaceuticals Ltd senior officials in a case filed over their production of Paracetamol syrup, which killed at least 28 children in 2009.
Judge M Atoar Rahman of the Dhaka Drug Court granted them bail on a bond of Tk10,000 after hearing a bail petition submitted by their counsel Md Anwar Zahid Bhuiyan.
The two senior officials are Rid Pharma Managing Director Mizanur Rahman and Director Sheuli Rahman, who is also his wife.
On March 9, the High Court had passed the order after taking cognisance of an appeal by the government against the Drug Court verdict that acquitted five Rid Pharma officials of the charge. The give officials were ordered to surrender to the lower court within a week.
At least 28 children died of renal failure, caused by ingesting the paracetamol syrup and suspension, across the country from June to August of 2009.
On August 10, 2009, the then drug superintendent Shafiqul Islam filed the case with the Dhaka Drug Court against the company.
According to the case, several children died at Shishu Hospital of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka of renal failure after ingesting Rid Pharma’s paracetamol drugs.
The government immediately published advertisements in national dailies asking the public not to ingest any drug manufactured by the company.
On July 22, 2009, the Drug Administration sealed off Rid Pharma’s factory in the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation area of Brahmanbaria district, following the deaths.
The government also formed a seven-member probe committee to investigate the matter. On July 29 that year, the probe committee delivered its report which found the presence of fatal diethylene glycol in the paracetamol syrup.
Rid Pharma had used diethylene glycol, meant for tannery and rubber industries, instead of propylene glycol since diethylene glycol costs Tk200 per litre while propylene glycol costs Tk1,100 per litre.