ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Tragedy in Gambia and the Indian Pharmaceutical Sector

The lapse of quality control in India is unacceptable if the claim to be the pharmacy of the world is to be sustained.

Renu Modi writes:

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert about the tragic death of 70 children in Gambia because of acute renal failure after they consumed four cough syrups that contained an unacceptable level of toxic diethylene glycol (DEG) and ethylene glycol as contaminants. These products were manufactured by an Indian company based in Haryana. According to the WHO, the company failed to guarantee the safety of these chemicals used as solvents. The Haryana health minister inspected the site and reported 12 violations of good practices and the flouting of rules on testing and manufacturing activities. The production of drugs by the defaulter company has been stopped.

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Updated On : 22nd Oct, 2022
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