Doctor who injected her sister with unlicensed drug is struck off register

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1512
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A doctor who injected her sister with an unlicensed drug that caused her to have an anaphylactic reaction and die has been struck off the UK medical register.

Yvonne Pambakian, medical director of a biotechnology company, also injected her mother and a terminally ill cancer patient with the drug, known as B-71. Her mother, Arpi Matossian-Rogers, had set up Amro Biotech and developed the drug, which was intended to reduce insulin concentrations.

B-71 had been tested on just 41 diabetic patients in the Netherlands, at a dose of 2 mg, when Dr Pambakian gave her sister …

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