WHO Alerts Against Indian Cough Syrup Linked To Uzbekistan Deaths

New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday issued an alert against two cough syrups made by an Indian firm that are linked to the death of 18 children in Uzbekistan.

The alert said the two cough syrups contained diethylene glycol (DEG) and ethylene glycol (EG) in unacceptable levels.

In the medical product alert, the ‘substandard medical products’ were identified as ‘AMBRONOL and DOK-1 Max’ both manufactured by Marion Biotech, a Noida-based pharmaceutical company.

The WHO reportedly said, “The stated manufacturer of both is Marion Biotech Pvt Ltd… To date, manufacturer has not provided guarantees to WHO on safety and quality of these products.”

Production of all medicines at the plant had already been stopped per a directive by union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

Uzbekistan first raised alarm against one of the two products on December 27, 2022.

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