WHO investigating links among cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is any connection between manufacturers whose contaminated cough syrups it has linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in three countries. Citing “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the products, the WHO is seeking more information about the specific raw materials used by six manufacturers in India and Indonesia to produce medicines linked to the recent deaths, as well as whether the companies obtained them from some of the same suppliers, the person said. The WHO has not…

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WHO urges ‘immediate action’ after cough syrup deaths, Health News, ET HealthWorld

London: The World Health Organization has called for “immediate and concerted action” to protect children from contaminated medicines after a spate of child deaths linked to cough syrups last year. In 2022, more than 300 children mainly aged under 5 – in Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan died of acute kidney injury, in deaths that were associated with contaminated medicines, the WHO said in a statement on Monday. The medicines, over-the-counter cough syrups, had high levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. “These contaminants are toxic chemicals used as industrial solvents…

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Ready to assist in probe: WHO after Uzbekistan claims child deaths from Indian cough syrup, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: As many as 18 children died of acute respiratory disease after having a cough syrup manufactured by an Indian pharmaceutical firm named Doc-Max, the Health Ministry of Uzbekistan has claimed. In response to an email from ANI, seeking further details on the deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, “The WHO is in contact with the health authorities in Uzbekistan and is ready to assist in further investigations.” Previously, 66 children had died in Gambia allegedly after consuming India-made cough syrups. However, the Gambian government had denied any…

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WHO drew premature link between children deaths in Gambia, India-made cough syrups: DCGI – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The WHO drew a premature link between the deaths of children in Gambia and the four India-made cough syrups which adversely impacted the image of the country’s pharmaceutical products across the globe, India’s drug regulator has told the global health body. In the latest letter to Dr Rogerio Gaspar, Director (Regulation and Prequalification) at WHO, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr V G Somani said a statement issued by the global health body in October in the wake of the deaths “was unfortunately amplified by the global…

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WHO report, samples result on mysterious deaths of Gambia children still pending: Sources – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) has failed to respond to the Government of India’s requirement for relevant documents for further investigation into the deaths of 70 children in Gambia and cough syrups made by Sonipat-based Indian company Maiden pharmaceuticals, sources said. The Committee formed by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to investigate this matter has so far conducted three meetings and reviewed the matter. But without the sample results, WHO reply, and lack of evidence, the Committee has put the further investigation on hold and…

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