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Marion Biotech: 18 children dead in Uzbekistan after consuming India-made syrup, ministry says

At least 18 children have died in Uzbekistan after ingesting a medicinal syrup made by Indian pharmaceutical company Marion Biotech, according to the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health.

The ministry said 18 of the 21 children who took Doc-1 Max syrup while suffering from acute respiratory illness died after consuming it. It is marketed as a treatment for

A batch of syrup contains ethylene glycol, which the ministry said was a toxic substance. The ministry said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the syrup was imported into Uzbekistan by Curamax Medical.

It also said that the syrup was given to children at home in doses exceeding the standard dosage for children on the advice of parents or pharmacists without a doctor’s prescription.

It was not immediately clear whether all or some of the children had consumed the suspect batch, exceeded the standard dose, or both.

Marion Biotech, Curamax Medical and India’s health ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.An Indian government source told Reuters the health ministry was investigating the matter. Told.

India on Tuesday began inspecting several pharmaceutical factories across the country to ensure high quality standards.

The Uzbekistan case follows a similar case in The Gambia where at least 70 children died from coughing and cold syrups manufactured by New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals. He denies that there was any negligence with the drug.

Known as the ‘Pharmacy of the World’, India’s pharmaceutical exports have more than doubled over the past decade, reaching $24.5 billion in the past year.

Uzbekistan’s health ministry said it had fired seven employees for their failure to analyze the deaths in a timely manner and take necessary steps. but did not specify what role the experts played.

We have also stopped selling Doc-1 Max tablets and syrup from all pharmacies.