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Drug Board launches investigation following WHO warning about cold and cough syrups that killed 66 children in Gambia

The CDSCO has opened an investigation following a warning from the WHO about four cold and cough syrups made in India that have been "potentially linked" to acute kidney injuries and 66 deaths that occurred among children in the Gambia, an African nation.

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has opened an investigation following a warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) about four cold and cough syrups made in India that have been “potentially linked” to acute kidney injuries and 66 deaths that occurred among children in the Gambia, an African nation.

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On the basis of the facts available and shared by WHO, CDSCO has reportedly taken up the issue and ordered a thorough inquiry into the cough and cold syrups produced and exported to the Gambia by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited, which is situated in Haryana’s Sonepat.

The WHO’s preliminary report concludes that out of the 23 samples tested, as many as four samples were found to contain diethylene glycol or ethylene glycol.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The four medicines are cough and cold syrups produced by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited in India.” “WHO has been probing the matter with the company and regulatory authorities in India,” he said. The death of the children due to the products is “beyond heartbreaking for their families.”

The four products are Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup, and Magrip N Cold Syrup, all manufactured by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited, Haryana.

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“The deadly effects of these syrups are responsible for abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, the inability to pass urine, headache, an altered mental state, and acute kidney injury, which may lead to death,” it said.

All consignments of these products must be declared dangerous; they need the proper probe by the National Regulatory Authorities. It added that the poor-quality products are unsafe to use, especially for children; their consumption may result in serious injury or death.

 

 

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