Uzbekistan has claimed that at least 18 children have died in the country after allegedly consuming India-made cough syrup.
Uzbekistan’s health ministry said in a statement that the children who died had consumed cough syrup Doctor-1 Max, manufactured by Noida-based Marian Biotech.
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According to Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Health, laboratory tests of a batch of the syrup revealed “the presence of ethylene glycol”, a toxic substance.
It also said that the syrup was given to children at home without a doctor’s prescription, either on the advice of their parents or a pharmacist, with doses higher than the standard dose for children.
The ministry said that it was found that children took this syrup in a dose of 2.5 to 5 ml three to four times a day for 2-7 days before hospitalisation, which is higher than the standard dose.
The syrup was used by the parents as an anti-cold remedy.
The statement said that Doctor-1 Max tablets and syrup have been withdrawn from all pharmacies in the country following the death of 18 children, seven employees have been sacked for failing to analyze the situation in time and take action. failed.
Teams of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO-North Zone) and the Uttar Pradesh Drug Controlling and Licensing Authority are conducting a joint investigation.
The pharmaceutical company said that samples of cough syrup have been collected from its manufacturing unit and they are now waiting for the test reports.
Hasan Raza, legal head of Marion Biotech Pharma Company, said, “We regret the deaths, the government is investigating. We will take action according to the report.”
An accident assessment report has also been sought from Uzbekistan.
This is the second time in a year that a cough syrup made in India has come under scrutiny.
Earlier this year, the death of 70 children in The Gambia was linked to cough syrup manufactured by Haryana-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals.
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization had shut down its unit in Sonipat in October for violating manufacturing standards.
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