WHO, Edo warn against use of four drugs
Edo State Government has warned against the sale and use of four medicines, noting that the drugs are being investigated by World Health Organisation (WHO) for links with acute kidney injury and over 66 deaths among children in The Gambia.
In a statement, Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria, charged all pharmaceutical outlets, which have the medicines in stock, to discard them forthwith, using the appropriate channels.
The drugs are Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cough Syrup. The statement reads: “The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a global alert/warning over these four medicines, including Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cough Syrup.
“These medicines are being investigated for links with acute kidney injury and over 66 deaths among children in The Gambia.
“Laboratory analysis of samples of each of the four products confirms that they contain unacceptable quantities of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, which are toxic to humans and may cause death.”
“Officers of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) will provide an update shortly.
“Please be vigilant! Do not use any of these drugs. No baby or toddler should be given cough or cold syrups.”