Fine of 1.2 million pounds to a pharmaceutical group after contaminated infusions

19 children had been infected in 2014 in nine English hospitals and three babies had died.

British pharmaceutical company ITH Pharma was fined £1.2m on Friday for providing infusions of contaminated food to premature newborn babies, which could cause them “severe damage“, announced the London police.

A total of 19 children were infected in 2014 in nine English hospitals after receiving contaminated infusions of the drug.Total parenteral nutritionmade by the company. Three babies had died, but the court ruled Friday that the drug or the company were not at fault, although in one case the company’s processes posed risks of “severe damage and/or death“, according to Judge Deborah Taylor. An investigation into this case was opened in 2014 after the death of the three children and the contamination of twenty more.

“A long and complex investigation”

The company was charged in 2018 and was sentenced on Friday to a fine of 1.2 million pounds (1.43 million euros) and the payment of 291,000 pounds in court fees. She had pleaded guilty to failing to conduct a proper and sufficient risk assessment and havingprovided a medicine whose nature or quality did not correspond to that specified in the prescription“, According to the police statement. “It was a long and complex investigation.“, commented in the police statement Richard Leonard, in charge of the investigations. “Our thoughts today are with the affected families.» «We accept the fine“The pharmaceutical group reacted, stressing that the contamination of infusions in 2014 had been an incident”completely exceptional“.

Raaid Sakkijha, the father of one of the deceased babies, said in a statement that the death of his son Yousef “haunts us always and forever“.”The company that did this to us is not even going to feel the fine. It’s + business as usual + for them“, he added. The pharmaceutical group recorded an annual turnover of 66.8 million pounds in September 2020.

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