The Edo government has warned against the sales and usage of four medicines as the drugs are being investigated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) due to links with kidney injury and death of over 66 children in the Gambia.
The drugs are: Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cough Syrup.
Recall that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had raised a similar alarm over the same drugs, Sunday.
The Edo commissioner for health, Professor Obehi Akoria, in a statement made available to newsmen, called on all pharmaceutical outlets who might have the medicines in stock to dispose them forthwith, using the appropriate channels.
The statement read: “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.
“All pharmaceutical outlets who may have these medicines in stock must dispose of them forthwith, using the appropriate channels.
“Please be vigilant! Do not use any of these drugs. No baby or toddler should be given cough or cold syrups.”
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