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Pregnant woman's sudden death attributed to Mezicef drug

Update: March, 13/2015 - 17:12

BEN TRE (VNS) — A drug containing Mezicef is likely to have caused the death of Nguyen Thi Tuong Vi, a pregnant woman from the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, a doctor has said.

This was declared by Dr Trinh Minh Hiep, deputy director of the provincial Nguyen Dinh Chieu General Hospital, today.

The 25-year-old pregnant woman had died at 9.55am yesterday due to an adverse reaction, which took place after she was vaccinated with the drug Mezicef.

On Tuesday, she had undergone a caesarean operation at the hospital. The surgery was successful, and a baby boy, weighing 4 kilograms, was delivered, following which both the mother and baby were deemed to be in good health.

Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong, the pregnant woman's mother, said Vi was in good health and had never been allergic to the drug.

She said she suspected the quality of the drug and the skills of the doctors being responsible for her daughter's adverse reaction to the medicine.

Truong Van Hoa, head of the provincial Department of Health's Pharmacy Office, said the Ministry of Health's Drug Administration Department had ordered hospitals, health centres and drug stores across the country to stop selling and prescribing any medicine containing Mezicef last September.

However, even till late January this year, the ministry had allowed the distribution of the medicine.

According to the Nguyen Dinh Chieu General Hospital, authorised agencies will conduct an autopsy to find the cause of the death. The hospital will also direct the doctors and nurses involved to re-examine the process of the surgery and their responsibilities. — VNS

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