WHO alert on cough syrup made in India
Drug inspectors raided the pharmaceutical company for the second time
Drug samples will be tested and then report will be submitted to DCGI
New Delhi. A day after the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a formal alert against substandard Indian-made drugs being exported to Uzbekistan, a team of drug inspectors once again raided the manufacturing unit of Marion Biotech in Uttar Pradesh. And new samples of medicine have been taken. When asked about the results of the previous samples, an official said that ‘the report will first be submitted to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). We are expecting the results soon.
The WHO had announced on Wednesday that Ambronol and DOK-1 Max syrup manufactured by Marion Biotech are not safe. Lab analysis of its samples revealed unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and/or ethylene glycol. It has been detected as a pollutant. These tests are performed by the National Quality Control Laboratories of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The alert states, ‘Till date, the said manufacturer has not given a guarantee to WHO on the safety and quality of these products.’ Here, regarding this matter, a government official told Stuffunknown.com that Indian officials were earlier told about the disturbances in DOK-1 Max syrup. Now Ambronol syrup was also named in the alert, so re-inspection is underway to collect samples of Ambronol at Marion’s premises. Drug inspectors from both state and central teams have visited the premises.
Results of previous samples will be available soon, report will be submitted to DCGI
When asked about the results of the previous samples, the official said that ‘the report will first be submitted to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). We are expecting the result soon. He also said that the DOK-1 Max Syrup in Alert was manufactured only for export. ‘We are probing about the other (Ambronol syrup).’ WHO said that consuming diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol is toxic to humans and can prove fatal. It also said that the substandard products referred to in this alert are unsafe and their use, especially in children, could result in serious injury or death.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 12, 2023, 18:17 IST