Uzbekistan claims 18 children die after consuming cough syrup made by Indian firm


NEW DELHI: The Uzbekistan authorities has alleged that 18 kids have died within the central Asian nation following the consumption of a cough syrup produced by an Indian pharmaceutical agency Marion Biotech.

“To date, 18 out of 21 children with acute respiratory disease have died as a result of taking Doc-1 Max syrup manufactured by the Indian company Marion Biotech Pvt Ltd,” the Uzbekistan Health Ministry stated in a press release.

“It was found that the deceased children, before admission to hospital treatment, took this drug at home for 2-7 days 3-4 times a day, 2.5-5 ml, which exceeds the standard dose of the drug for children.”

The Union Health Ministry sources did not reply to DH’s queries on the incident. Nonetheless, they maintained {that a} file was positioned earlier than Health Minister Manuskh Mandaviya, who additionally heads the Division of Prescribed drugs because the Minister for Chemical substances and Fertilizers. Noida-based Marion Biotech additionally did not reply to cellphone calls.

The press assertion from the Uzbekistan Health Ministry identifies two components behind the tragedy — extra doses of the drugs in children who do not require the drug and contamination of ethylene glycol — one of many two poisonous chemical substances discovered within the Gambian case.

“All children were given the drug without a doctor’s prescription. Since the main component of the drug is paracetamol, Doc-1 Max syrup was incorrectly used by parents as an anti-cold remedy on their own or the recommendation of pharmacy sellers. This was the reason for the deterioration of the condition of patients,” the Uzbek ministry stated.

“Preliminary laboratory studies have shown that this series of Doc-1 Max syrup contains ethylene glycol. This substance is toxic, and about 1-2 ml/kg of a 95% concentrated solution can cause serious changes in the patient’s health, such as vomiting fainting, convulsions, cardiovascular problems and acute kidney failure,” Uzbekistan authorities stated.

The World Health Organization in October flagged the presence of ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol as poisonous contaminants in 4 cough syrup samples (made by Maiden Prescribed drugs, Haryana) which are reportedly linked to the deaths of 70 kids in The Gambia. However this was not the primary time EG and DEG had been present in cough syrups made in India, as there have been many comparable instances previously with deadly penalties.

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