WHO warns against contaminated cough syrups made in India

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KUWAIT CITY, April 27: The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that a group of contaminated cough syrups made in India, specifically in the Marshall Islands and Micronesia, had been found. It warned that the tested samples of the “Guaifenesin TG” syrup for the treatment of cough, manufactured by the Punjab-based QB Pharmaceutical Company, showed “unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol,” both of which are toxic to human beings and can be fatal if ingested, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In this regard, health sources affirmed that the aforementioned medicine is not available in Kuwait, as it has never been registered and approved locally during the past years.

They highlighted the keenness of the Ministry of Health to provide all kinds of medicines and medical supplies that are approved by international health organizations and bodies.

The sources explained that the process of registering and approving any medicine in the country is preceded by several steps aimed at ensuring the safety of medicine and pharmaceuticals used by citizens and residents, whether those in government health facilities or in the private medical sector, including medicines for cough, chest diseases and respiratory system in general.

Kuwait does not import many medicines from India, as the process of supplying them is limited to solutions and pharmaceuticals that are used in medical laboratories, and there are a very limited number of medicines for some diseases.

The sources warned against taking any medicines that are not registered with the Ministry of Health, as they could be adulterated or smuggled, in order to avoid health risks and complications that may result from the use of such medicines.

They indicated that the ministry takes very seriously all the warnings it receives from the World Health Organization and others, especially with regard to medicines and vaccines.

The sources revealed that the ministry has received warnings about cough medicine from the international organization as a usual procedure when such matters are detected in any country.

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