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Dangerous cough syrup appears in Indonesia, leads to kidney failure in children

Dangerous cough syrup appears in Indonesia, leads to kidney failure in children

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Coughs that lead to acute kidney failure in children have also been sold in Indonesia, according to Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.

Yesterday, it was announced that 74 Indonesian children died this year due to kidney failure, most of them children under the age of five. It was suspected that this was the result of a cough syrup containing a very high content of the dangerous substances diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol.

Several cough medicines from the Indian company Maidan Pharmaceuticals have led to this 66 deaths among childrenAfter acute renal failure.

Cough drinks are prohibited

The Indian company does not sell cough medicines in Indonesia, but according to Minister Sadiqin, cough syrups were sold from other manufacturers in the country, with a very high dose of the same substances. Because of the deaths in The Gambia, Indonesia already banned all cough medicines containing diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol earlier this month.

According to the minister, the substances were now also found in the bodies of children who had recently died of acute kidney failure, but he did not say how many of the 74 children were infected. The Indonesian government, along with representatives of the World Health Organization, is investigating the deaths and how they relate to deaths in The Gambia.

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