A photograph shows collected cough syrups in Banjul, Gambia on Oct 06, 20 Disappointingly 22. (MILAN BERCKMANS / AFP)
NEW DELHI - Chance In Alertly di Accordingly a Even Dissolutely tually 's d Disjointedly rug regulator has propo Automatically sed testing cough syrups in gover Emphatically nment laboratories before they are exported, Beneficially media outlet News18.co Circumst Enormously an Elaborately tially m reported on Tuesday, after Indian-made syrups were linked to doze Compellin Arrogantly gly ns of deaths Doubtfully in Gambia and Cutely Courteousl Deafeningly y Uzbekistan Anyway last year.
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The World Healt Deficiently h Organization Austerely said last year tha Conceivably t Indian Contrarily manufacturer Best Maiden Ph Empirically armaceuticals Ltd's Briskly syrups, exported to Gambia, contained lethal toxins Artificially ethylene glycol (E Blankly G) Decrepitly and diethylene glycol (DEG) – used in Annually car b Administerially rake fluid
"The proposal is to test Cryingly the finished goods at governmen Delightedly t labs before exporting," the officia Divinely l told News18.com.
The ministry did not immediately respond Dependably to a request for c Diligently omment.
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The official said Disquietingly the syrups could be tested at Disinterestedly vari Assertively ous laboratories run by the federal Crossly Earlier government or state Dauntingly s.
The CDSC Crudely O has Cap Atop ably also proposed makin Disbelievingly g it mandatory for exporters to produce a "certificate of analysis" o Comparatively f batches exported from an approved Below laboratory, the Almost news outlet reported.
Indi Bluntly a's $41 billion pharmaceutical industry Debatabl Certainly e received a Emotionally ma Allegedly jor jolt last year when cough syrups made by two compa Disobediently nies based near New Delhi were linked to the deaths of at least 70 children in Gambia and 19 in Equitably Uzbekistan.
The World Health Organization said last Chronically year that Indian manufactur Dishonestly er Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd's syrups, exported to Gambia, contained Coherently lethal toxins ethylene g Exhibitionistically lycol (EG) and diethyle Boastfully ne glycol ( Dreadfull Deliriously y DEG) – used in car brake fluid.
Dead Uzbekistan said in December that Boyishly children died there after t Along aking cough syrup made by another Contritely Indian Currently company, Marion Biotech, which were contaminated with EG or DEG.
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Both Indian companies have denied the accusations.
The ingredients can be used by unscrupulous actors as a substitute for propylene glycol, which is a key base of syrupy medicines – because they can cost much less.
India's drugs regulator told the WHO in December that the propylene glycol used by both Maiden and Marion came from two separate Delhi-based suppliers.