Uzbekistan cough syrup deaths: 3 officers of Noida-based pharma agency arrested, say police

As a part of probe into Uzbekistan cough syrup deaths, three officers of Marion Biotech, a Noida-based pharma agency, have been arrested, stated police on Friday.

In January, the manufacturing licence of the agency, allegedly linked with the deaths of 18 kids in Uzbekistan, was suspended.

The World Well being Organisation (WHO) had additionally issued a medical product alert on Ambronol and Dok-1 Max syrups, each manufactured by Marion Biotech in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

“The 2 merchandise are AMBRONOL syrup and DOK-1 Max syrup. The said producer of each merchandise is MARION BIOTECH PVT. LTD, (Uttar Pradesh, India). To this point, the said producer has not supplied ensures to WHO on the security and high quality of those merchandise,” the WHO said.

“Laboratory evaluation of samples of each merchandise, undertaken by nationwide high quality management laboratories of the Ministry of Well being of the Republic of Uzbekistan discovered each merchandise contained unacceptable quantities of diethylene glycol and/or ethylene glycol as contaminants,” it stated.

The worldwide well being physique stated that diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are poisonous to people when consumed and may show deadly.
“The substandard merchandise referenced on this alert are unsafe and their use, particularly in kids, might lead to severe damage or loss of life.

“Poisonous results can embody belly ache, vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of ability to go urine, headache, altered psychological state and acute kidney damage which can result in loss of life,” it stated.

The WHO additionally famous that each of those merchandise “might have advertising authorizations” in different nations within the area. “They might even have been distributed, via casual markets, to different nations or areas.”

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