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Indonesia temporarily bans sale of all medicated syrups 

Indonesia has decided to ban sales of all medicated syrups for the time being. The nation is closely monitoring the effects of paracetamol syrups used in Indonesia for the treatment of fever in children that contain diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol.

By wasmulhaq 
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Jakarta: Indonesia has decided to ban sales of all medicated syrups for the time being. The nation is closely monitoring the effects of paracetamol syrups used in Indonesia for the treatment of fever in children that contain diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol.

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The government of the African nation of Gambia has been investigating child acute kidney injury deaths that are associated with paracetamol syrups.

It is estimated that about 70 children died in Gambia due to consumption of contaminated syrup. New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd. manufactured the syrups. India has started a probe regarding syrup manufactured by a Delhi-based pharmaceutical company. An investigation is underway.

Indonesia’s food and drug agency claimed that such products were not available locally.

Ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol were detected in syrups, health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Thursday, without specifying how many.

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Several syrups that were consumed by child patients under five were proved to contain ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol that were not supposed to be there, in very small amounts, “he said.

As of Thursday, Indonesia has so far identified 206 kidney damage cases among children, out of which 99 fatalities were reported this year. According to Budi, the true number of fatalities is likely to be higher than reported.

A health ministry spokesperson declined to say how many children suffered. He was tight-lipped regarding the ingredients and effects, citing the ongoing investigation.

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