Experts looking into Osama medicines


Pakistan officials are looking into the medicines recovered from the compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad with the help of experts to determine what sort of ailments he had and to get an insight into who provided the Al Qaeda chief with medical assistance.
The medicines reportedly found from Osama’s compound were locally produced, like Avena syrup, Omeprazole, Gabapentin, Natrilix, Ampicillin drops and Ibuprofen syrup. These drugs are used to treat shingles, ulcers, nerve pain and high blood pressure. An official said on condition of anonymity that some of the medicines could not be given to a patient without the permission of a qualified pharmacists as their extensive use was life threatening.
“It is being looked into by the security organisations with the help of health experts to see who could have provided the medicines to Osama in Abbottabad,” he said. He said though it was a tough task to trace the people providing the medicines, authorities were still trying to get to the bottom of the issue.
Dr Syed Khalid Saeed Bukhari, president Pakistan Pharmaceutical Association, said, Avena syrup was usually used to cure severe cough and could also be used as an artificial sweetener for sour stomachs and as a nerve-calming tonic. He said Gabapentin was used for diabetic neuralgia, seizures, nerve pain and post-shingles pain and it was a medicine that was given under prescription, as its extensive use proved life threatening.
Bukhari said anyone who was on such medication could only be suggested the medicine after the appropriate blood tests.