LHC bans manufacture, sale of Tyno
02 January, 2013
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday imposed a temporary ban on manufacturing and sale of toxic Tyno cough syrup and sought replies from federal and Punjab governments.
Justice Sheikh Najam-ul-Hassan issued this order on miscellaneous application moved by Judicial Activism Panel seeking ban on sale of Tyno cough syrup, which caused death of many users. During the course of hearing the judge put a query to deputy attorney general as why federal government was sitting silence on the issue of Tyno syrup?
DAG replied that after promulgation of 18th Constitutional Amendment the powers had been delegated to provincial governments regarding issues of health care and spurious drugs.The judge, however, said despite the introduction of 18th Constitutional Amendment it was still the responsibility of federal government to stop manufacturing and sale of spurious drugs under the article 37(g) of the Constitution. And no one would be allowed to play with the lives of innocent people.
On Tuesday, neither an official of health department appeared before the court nor a reply was furnished on its behalf. So, the court banned manufacturing and sale of the syrup and sought replies from respondent governments by January 16.
JAP Chairman Muhammad Azhar Siddique advocate stated that 33 people perished in Gujranwala and Kamokey areas due to killer syrup.Counsel said that chemical samples collected from the victims' stomachs contained dextromethorphan, a synthetic morphine derivative used in cough syrup that can have mind-altering effects if consumed in large quantities.
He said that it was being investigated whether the people affected by the syrup consumed too much of it, or whether there was a problem with the medicine itself. Azhar said that even if the victims were drugs addicts even then the protection to their lives is guaranteed under article 9 of the Constitution.
He submitted that if sale of the medicine was not stopped, it would lead to deaths on a massive scale. He requested to impose complete ban on sale of this syrup. He also requested that physicians should be restrained from prescribing the medicine. He also prayed that a judicial inquiry might be held into casualties to unearth the real facts and registration of cases against all responsible persons and authorities.