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Child Deaths Linked to Indian-made Cough Syrup in Gambia Rises to 70

The Gambian government said on Friday that the number of child deaths from acute kidney injury, believed to be linked to cough syrups made in India, had risen to 70 from 69 previously.

President Adama Barrow announced the update at an emergency cabinet meeting he convened on Thursday to discuss the crisis.

The syrups were found to have been made by New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which has since closed one of its factories in northern India amid investigations by health officials there.

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The Gambia is also investigating the deaths and this week created a new commission of inquiry to investigate them, the statement said.

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Recall that the World Health Organization earlier issued a medical product alert about four contaminated cough syrups that have caused acute kidney damage and are linked to the deaths of 66 children in the Republic of The Gambia.

At an October 5 press conference, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “The four drugs are cough and cold syrups manufactured by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited in India. WHO is conducting further investigations with the company and regulators in India”.

Child Deaths Linked to Indian-made Cough Syrup in Gambia Rises to 70

Syrups are Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup. Maiden Pharmaceuticals is headquartered in Sonipet in the Indian state of Haryana in northern India.

WHO laboratory analysis of samples of each of the four products revealed “unacceptable levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as impurities,” the report said.

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