A day after issuing a medical product alert for two substandard cough syrups by Uttar Pradesh-based Marion Biotech, the World Health Organisation has said that it has contacted the Indian drug regulator and its investigation will decide the next course of action. In response to a query by Moneycontrol, the United Nations health body said the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has been contacted as a standard practice. “We await the results of their investigations that will lead us to have better understanding of the scope, potential public, and risk to the global supply chain,” said the WHO in an email response. On January 11, the WHO had advised increased surveillance and diligence within the supply chains of countries and regions likely to be affected by Ambronol and DOK-1 Max syrups by Marion Biotech, saying that these products had failed to meet quality standards or specifications. Read: What can the inspection of select drugmaking units hope to … [Read more...] about WHO awaits probe by Indian drug regulator to chart the fate of Marion Biotech
Marion Biotech is a manufacturer of Dok1 Max syrup and Tablet for export purpose (Representative Image) The production licence of Noida-based pharmaceutical firm Marion Biotech, allegedly linked with the deaths of children in Uzbekistan, has been suspended while the results of its controversial cough syrup are awaited, an Uttar Pradesh drug official said Thursday. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also issued a medical product alert on Ambronol and Dok-1 Max syrups, both manufactured by Marion Biotech in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. A team of central agencies and the Uttar Pradesh drug department had carried out an inspection at the firm's office here on December 29 and taken six more samples for testing. During the inspection, the company representatives could not produce documents related to the production of 'Dok-1 max' cough syrup, prompting the government to order halting of its production immediately, Gautam Buddh Nagar Drug Inspector Vaibhav Babbar said. "The … [Read more...] about Uzbekistan cough syrup case: Marion Biotech’s production licence suspended; WHO issues medical product alert
Uzbek Cough Syrup row: The samples have been sent for testing contamination as it was done in the case of Gambia. On December 27, the Union health ministry announced that the country’s apex drug regulator, along with state drug control administrations, has started conducting inspections of drug manufacturing units. “An action plan for nationwide inspection of manufacturing units which are identified to be at the risk of manufacturing Not of Standard Quality (NSQ)/adulterated/spurious drugs was made prior to carrying out of inspections,” said the ministry. By then, Uzbekistan had reached out to India with a complaint that it had found contaminants in a cough syrup supplied by Noida-based Marion Biotech that may have killed 18 children, as suggested by initial laboratory investigations. The ministry, later that night, got the Noida premises of the drug maker raided by officials from the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation and Uttar Pradesh drug administration, to … [Read more...] about What can the inspection of select drugmaking units hope to achieve?
(CTN NEWS) – A spate of child deaths linked to cough syrups last year prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to call for “immediate and concerted action” to protect children from contaminated medicines. In 2022, more than 300 children – mostly under 5 – died of acute kidney injury caused by contaminated medicines in Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan, the WHO said. Several over-the-counter cough syrups contained high levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. The WHO warned that these contaminants, used as industrial solvents and antifreeze agents, are toxic and can be fatal even in small amounts. / REUTERS Reuters reported on Monday that the Philippines, Timor Leste, Senegal, and Cambodia may also be affected since the medicines may be on sale there. The organization called on its 194 member states to take action to prevent more deaths. WHO has called on all key stakeholders involved in the medical supply chain to take immediate … [Read more...] about Cough Syrup Deaths Prompt WHO To Call For ‘Immediate Action’
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Carol Burnett...we are so “glad we are having this time together!” In honor of the beloved comedy legend’s upcoming 90th birthday, NBC has announced the special, Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love . The two-hour celebration, filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, will air on Carol’s birthday, Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET (and will also stream next day on Peacock). The logline: The star-studded event will feature an A-list lineup of musical performances and special guests who will come together to share their love for one of the most cherished comediennes in television history. The guest roster includes Cher, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Susan Lucci, Aileen Quinn, Tracee Ellis Ross, designer Bob Mackie, and Vicki Lawrence, the latter one of Carol’s “second bananas.” “I’m so excited NBC … [Read more...] about NBC Celebrates Comedy Icon Carol Burnett’s Upcoming 90th Birthday