WHO Alerts to Circulation of Eight Substandard Baby Syrups

WHO sends a public alert to the circulation of eight contaminated baby syrup in the Region of South-East Asia.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has sent a public alert to the circulation of eight substandard and contaminated “pediatric liquid dosage medicine” in the region of South-East Asia.

According to Medical Product Alert N°7/2022: Substandard (contaminated) pediatric liquid dosage medicines, published by WHO November 2, “the products were identified in Indonesia and publicly reported by the national regulatory authority (Badan POM) on 20 and 30 October 2022”.

WHO further described that “substandard medical products are products that fail to meet either their quality standards or specifications and are, therefore ‘out of specification’”.

The eight products that were placed on alert are Termorex Syrup, Flurin DMP Syrup, Unibebi Cough Syrup, Unibebi Demam Paracetamol Drops, Unibebi Demam Paracetamol Syrup, Paracetamol Drops, Paracetamol Syrup (mint) and Vipcol Syrup.

The organization said these medications contain “unacceptable amounts of ethylene glycol and/or diethylene glycol as contaminants”. “This has been confirmed through laboratory analysis of samples by the authorities in Indonesia”, said WHO.

“To date, these products have been identified in Indonesia. They may however have marketing authorizations in other countries. These products may have distributed, through informal markets, to other countries or regions”.

WHO warns that the ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol present in these medications are toxic when consumed and can prove fatal. They are especially unsafe for children and may result in serious injury or death. The syrups may cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and other adverse health effects.

WHO has advised all regulatory bodies to detect and stop circulation of these products to prevent harm to patients. To the general public, if you are already in possession of these medications, do not use them. If already consumed, please seek immediate medical help. @who @WHO  @World Health Organization

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