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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Uzbekistan arrests four over Indian cough syrup deaths, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Tashkent: Uzbekistan has arrested four people in an investigation into the deaths of 19 children who consumed cough syrup made by Indian drug maker Marion Biotech, the Uzbek state security service said on Friday. Two of the detained were senior employees of the Scientific Center for Standardization of Medicines, who circumvented the proper testing procedures for the Doc-1 Max cough syrup, it said. Two others were executives of the Quramax Medikal company that imported the Marion Biotech drugs. Marion Biotech said last month, shortly after the series of deaths, that…

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‘WHO stands by its action on Gambia cough syrup issue’ – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday reiterated that its tests in Ghana and Switzerland had confirmed excess levels of ethylene and diethylene in India-made children’s cough syrups that were available in The Gambia, contradicting the Indian government’s claim. The UN health body said it stands by its action to issue a statement warning about the medicines made by Sonepat-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals. India had on Thursday said quality tests on the samples lifted from Maiden Pharmaceuticals – which has been in the dock for allegedly causing deaths of…

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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’s reply, and lack of evidence, the Committee has put the further investigation on hold and…

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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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Gambia deaths: ‘WHO yet to give relevant papers’ – ET HealthWorld

The Indian government has not been able to make headway into the mysterious deaths of children in Gambia as the World Health Organization (WHO) has failed to provide it “relevant documents” needed to investigate and find causality between the deaths and cough syrups made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals, people in the know told the media agency. India’s drug regulator has written thrice to the WHO to provide documents but there has been no response, they said. Last month, the WHO had issued a warning on cough syrups after which Indian health…

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Gambia says it has not yet confirmed cough syrup as cause of children deaths – ET HealthWorld

Gambia has not yet confirmed that toxic cough syrup was the cause of the deaths of 70 children from acute kidney injury, a representative of the country’s Medicines Control Agency said on Monday. The small West African state has been investigating a mysterious slew of child deaths in recent months, which police said in a preliminary investigation was linked to four cough syrups made in India. World Health Organization (WHO) investigators have found “unacceptable” levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol in the products, which were made by New Delhi-based…

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India tells Gambia it is probing childrens’ deaths linked to India-made drugs – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi is “seriously investigating” the deaths of 69 children in Gambia in the wake of a report that provisionally linked the fatalities to Indian-made products, the South Asian nation’s foreign minister told his Gambian counterpart on Thursday. Indian health authorities announced a production halt at domestic company Maiden Pharmaceuticals‘s factory in Sonepat in northern India on Wednesday after a WHO report said its cough and cold syrups might be linked to the deaths of 69 children in Gambia. The matter “is being seriously investigated by appropriate authorities,” India’s foreign…

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Maharashtra recalls Maiden Pharmaceuticals products, to inspect units making liquid orals – ET HealthWorld

Maharashtra has ordered a recall of all liquid orals made and sold by Maiden Pharmaceuticals in the state, following a recent controversy over its cough syrups in Gambia. The state’s Food and Drug Administration has also directed drug inspectors to examine all the units manufacturing liquid orals in Maharashtra, people in the know told ET. The state regulator has ordered a complete examination of the manufacturing processes and the excipients or solvents that are used in cough syrups and other liquid orals, a senior Maharashtra FDA official said. “The inspection…

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