On Saturday, Indonesia banned substances connected to the deaths of about 70 children in Gambia from cough syrups.
Jakarta: On Saturday, Indonesia banned substances connected to the deaths of about 70 children in the Gambia from cough syrups. As the side effect of the syrup is so dangerous that it damages the kidneys, more than 20 children in Jakarta died this year due to the consumption of cough syrup.
The food and drug regulator BPOM also stated that it has been probing the matter, and it is certain the solvents diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol have been contaminated.
The deaths in the West African nation of Gambia from acute renal failure are under investigation. India has been probing the matter as well. It is believed that the cough syrups are made by New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
The World Health Organization has found four Maiden products contain “unacceptable” amounts of the harmful chemicals.
BPOM has set a criteria in order to protect the public’s health: diethylene glycol (DEG) and ethylene glycol (EG) are not permitted to be used in any pharmaceutical syrup products for children or adults.
The BPOM reiterated that the four products linked to the deaths in Gambia are not registered in Indonesia, nor are any other Maiden products.