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WHO issues alert regarding two cough syrups made by Noida-based firm after Uzbekistan child deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an alert regarding two cough syrups made by Noida-based firm after Uzbekistan child deaths. WHO further said cough syrups are unsafe may cause injury or death.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that two cough syrups made by Noida-based company Marion Biotech should not be used for children in Uzbekistan.

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In a medical product alert issued on Wednesday, the WHO said “substandard medical products” made by Marion Biotech are “products that have failed to meet quality standards and therefore should not be used.”

WHO said in an alert posted on its website, “This WHO Medical Product Alert is in reference to two substandard (contaminated) products, which were observed to be substandard in Uzbekistan, and reported to WHO on December 22, 2022… Substandard Medical Products are those products which have failed to meet the quality standards and therefore should not be used.”

According to the alert, “laboratory analysis of samples of cough syrups, undertaken by national quality control laboratories of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan found both products contained unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and /or ethylene glycol as contaminants.”

Noida’s pharma company Marion Biotech has been in trouble ever since news of children’s death after taking cough syrup from Uzbekistan came to the fore.

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According to the WHO, analysis of cough syrup samples by the National Quality Control Laboratories of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan found that both products contained unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and/or ethylene glycol as contaminants.

The WHO alert also states, “Both of these products may have marketing rights in other countries in the region… They may also be distributed through informal markets in other countries or regions…”

The health agency associated with the United Nations (UN) also said, “The low-level products referred to in this alert are unsafe and their use, especially in children, can cause serious harm, or even death…”

Last month, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that all manufacturing activities of the Noida-based pharma company have been stopped in view of the reports of contamination in cough syrup Dok1 Max.

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