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Gambia deaths: Drug officials take samples from Baddi pharma unit in Himachal

None of the four products mentioned by WHO in an alert are manufactured by the said unit

Gambia deaths: Drug officials take samples from Baddi pharma unit in Himachal

The said unit was, however, under renovation since February and had halted its manufacturing operations.



Tribune News Service

Ambika Sharma

Solan, October 6

Drug Control Administration (DCA) on Thursday drew five samples of liquid products manufactured using propylene glycol (PG) l from Baddi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals as a precaution after four drugs manufactured the company’s sister concern at Sonepat led to the death of 66 children in Gambia.

As per an alert issue by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on October 5, cough syrups made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited at Sonepat contained a toxic substance diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol.

The four products which have come under the scanner were Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup.

Toxic effects of these products include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state and acute kidney injury which could prove fatal.

Navneet Marwaha, State Drugs Controller (SDC), said a team of drug inspectors inspected the Baddi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited today. None of the four products mentioned by the WHO alert are manufactured by the said unit.

“As a precaution, team of drug inspectors has drawn samples of five products manufactured here using PG. They will be sent for lab analysis to ascertain their quality,” he added.

The said unit was, however, under renovation since February and had halted its manufacturing operations, as per the written information furnished by the unit management to the DCA. This was confirmed by Manish Kapoor, Deputy Drugs Controller-cum Licensing Authority, for the said unit.

The officials are scrutinising the records of purchase of PG as well as sale of liquid products manufactured using this raw material. It was also being ascertained as to when the last batches of various liquid products had been manufactured by the said unit.

Navneet Marwaha said an alert has been issued in Himachal to seize the stock of the batches in question from the market.

The action follows the WHO alert saying all batches of these products should be considered unsafe until they are analysed by the relevant National Regulatory Authorities.

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