An international alert was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding a cold remedy manufactured in India and sold in Iraq that included hazardous ingredients.
The usage of a batch of Cold Out syrup manufactured last year “is unsafe and its use, especially in children, may result in serious injury or death,” the WHO stated on Monday.
When Bloomberg News bought a sample of the syrup in March from a drugstore in Baghdad and arranged for a test by a private Connecticut lab, Valisure LLC, the contamination was discovered.
Last month, Bloomberg informed the WHO, Iraqi, and Indian authorities about the test results.
The WHO has issued six warnings in the past year about syrup prescriptions contaminated with hazardous industrial solvents, the fifth of which is linked to an Indian manufacturer. There have been no Cold Out-related diseases reported by Iraqi authorities.
Last Monday, the Ministry of Health announced that the medication had failed two independent inspections by Iraqi officials and that the market’s supply had been seized.
In the previous year, outbreaks linked to contaminated syrup in Indonesia, Gambia, Uzbekistan, and Cameroon resulted in the deaths of nearly 300 kids.
Fourrts (India) Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., a company with its headquarters in Chennai, is listed as the product’s maker on the label.
Bala Surendran, a vice president at Fourrts, told Bloomberg last month that the production of the drug had been outsourced to Puducherry-based Sharun Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. and that Fourrts had tested a sample and found no contamination.
The WHO advisory was released after India’s regular business hours, thus it was impossible to quickly contact the corporations for comment.
One of 33 syrup bottles made in India that Valisure evaluated as part of a Bloomberg investigation into the international trade in hazardous pharmaceuticals was the Cold Out sample.
Two hazardous substances, ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol, were tested for in the medications that were bought from pharmacies in six different nations.
The sole sample that exceeded the 0.1% threshold for either chemical that Bloomberg gathered was from Cold Out. It contained 0.25 percent diethylene glycol and 2.1% ethylene glycol.
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