Indonesia bans sale of all cough syrups after 99 child deaths


Indonesia has halted the sale of all syrup and liquid medicines following the deaths of practically 100 youngsters and an unexplained spike in circumstances of acute kidney accidents.

The ban, introduced by the nation’s Health Ministry on Wednesday, will stay till authorities full an investigation into unregistered medical syrups suspected of containing toxic components.

Health Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Syahril mentioned 99 deaths and 206 circumstances of acute kidney accidents in youngsters, largely underneath the age of 6, have been being investigated.

“As a precaution, the ministry has requested well being staff in well being amenities to not prescribe liquid medication or syrup briefly,” he mentioned. “We additionally ask that drug shops briefly cease all gross sales of non-prescription liquid medication or syrup till our investigations are accomplished.”

The ban comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) linked 4 Indian-made cough syrups to the deaths of as much as 70 youngsters struggling acute kidney failure in The Gambia, West Africa. Earlier this month Indian authorities shut down a manufacturing facility in New Delhi the place the medicines have been made.

WHO suspects that 4 of the syrups made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited — Promethazine oral answer, Kofexmalin child cough syrup, Makoff child cough syrup and Magrip N chilly syrup — contained “unacceptable quantities” of chemical compounds that would injury the brains, lungs, livers and kidneys of those that take them.

The syrups being utilized in The Gambia weren’t out there in Indonesia, in response to the Southeast Asian nation’s meals and medicines company.

However, on Thursday, Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin mentioned ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol — that are extra often present in merchandise like antifreeze, paints, plastics and cosmetics — had been detected in syrups discovered within the houses of some child sufferers.

“(The chemical compounds) mustn’t have been current,” Budi mentioned.

He added that the quantity of acute kidney failure circumstances may very well be greater than reported and his ministry was taking a conservative strategy by banning the sale of all syrups.


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