Seven diabetic patients in Trinidad and Tobago have become either blind or partially blind after taking a drug the government says was illegally imported, CMC News has reported.
The patients were reportedly injected with the medicine in July and have since become blind in one or both eyes, the news agency said.
The Government had said that the injected drug from an Indian-based company contains Triamcineclone Acetonide, which medical officials say is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions.
It is also used to relieve the discomfort of mouth sores.
CMC News quoted Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh as telling reporters that the unregistered drug was illegally imported into the country and described the situation with the patients as an absolute tragedy.
The minister said the drug has been recalled.