United Nations / Geneva. Following child deaths linked to cough syrups and medicines made by manufacturers in India and Indonesia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries to detect and respond to product incidents counterfeit medicines and children exposed to contaminated medicines. for urgent action to save The WHO said that over the past four months, countries have reported high levels of diethylene glycol (DEG) and ethylene glycol (EG) in children’s cough syrups marketed .
The cases come from at least seven countries, of which more than 300 deaths have been reported in three countries. Most of the children who have died are under the age of five. The WHO said pollutants are toxic chemicals used as industrial solvents and antifreeze agents that can be deadly even in small amounts and should never be found in medicines.
The world health agency said: “WHO is calling on countries to take prompt action to prevent, detect and respond to incidents related to substandard and counterfeit medical products.” The WHO has issued three global “medical alerts” on substandard pediatric medicines and syrups since October last year. It also issued a warning in October 2022 on promethazine oral solution, Cofexmalin baby cough syrup, Macoff baby cough syrup and Magrip N cold syrup manufactured by Haryana’s Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Four “substandard products” were identified in The Gambia and reported to WHO in September 2022. In November, an alert was issued by WHO on eight products including Unibaby Cough Syrup, Unibaby Demm Paracetamol Drops and Unibaby Demm Paracetamol Syrup. These were identified in Indonesia and were produced by PT Afi Pharma.
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization issued a warning against the use of two “substandard” cough syrups made by Marion Biotech in India. This syrup is linked to the death of 18 children in Uzbekistan. Ambronol Syrup and Dok-1 Max Syrup were manufactured by Marion Biotech, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
The World Health Organization has issued a warning that the syrups did not meet quality standards and contained contaminants that could prove fatal. WHO medical product alerts were quickly disseminated to national health authorities in all 194 Member States.
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FIRST POST: January 24, 2023, 11:55 PM IST