Pakistan: Bad heart drugs suspected in 25 deaths

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A government health official says bad drugs are suspected of killing at least 25 heart patients over the last month in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Javed Akram said Monday that 100 other heart patients who had taken the same medicine have been admitted to hospitals in the city and 50 of them are in critical condition.

Akram is leading a probe into the deaths set up by the government of Punjab province, where Lahore is the capital. He said the suspected drugs were given free to patients by the state-run Punjab Institute of Cardiology.

Akram said patients developed red spots on their skin within days of taking the medicine that is suspected of killing them.

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