Uzbekistan Says Deaths Of 18 Children Linked To India-Made Cough Syrup

Doc-1 Max tablets and syrups have been withdrawn from all pharmacies in Uzbekistan

New Delhi:

Uzbekistan has claimed that at least 18 children in the country have died after allegedly taking an India-manufactured cough syrup.

The health ministry of Uzbekistan, in a statement, said that the children who died had consumed cough syrup Doc-1 Max – manufactured by Noida-based Marion Biotech.

The laboratory tests of a batch of syrups found presence of ethylene glycol – a toxic substance in the preparation, the ministry said.

It also said the syrup was given to children at home without a doctor’s prescription, either by their parents or on the advice of pharmacists, with doses that exceeded the standard dose for children.

According to the company website, the syrup is given to treat cold and flu symptoms.

After the deaths of 18 children, Doc-1 Max tablets and syrups have been withdrawn from all pharmacies in the country, the statement said, adding that seven employees were dismissed because they failed to analyse the situation in a timely manner and take necessary measures.

India is set to probe the claims that the deaths of 18 children in Uzbekistan were linked to the syrup manufactured by Noida-based Marion Biotech. 

The central drugs regulatory team has got in touch with the Uttar Pradesh drugs licensing authority to initiate the inquiry against the drug-maker, officials said

The joint inquiry will be conducted by the Central and state drugs regulatory teams, it is learnt.

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