HP medicine controller orders recall of cough syrup after 2-yr-old woman suffers renal failure


Ambika Sharma

Tribune News Service

Solan, August 8

State Drugs Controller Navneet Marwaha has ordered recall of Cofset-AT, a cough syrup manufactured by Kala Amb-based Digital Vision pharma firm, after its consumption by a two-year-old woman from Baddi brought on renal failure.

Nearly 3,000 bottles of batch quantity DL 5200, D/M 09/19,D/E 9/21, manufactured in September 2019, had been bought to Ambala-based Shiva Medical Hall by the mentioned firm, from the place they had been distributed to Bengaluru, Kolkata, Jagadhari, Jalgaon, Nabha and Sikar.

Marwaha mentioned they had been intently monitoring the withdrawal of this chilly syrup since August 5.

The working of the Kala Amb-based pharmaceutical agency, Digital Vision, in Sirmaur district has as soon as once more come underneath the scanner with the emergence of this case.

Reportedly, the state authorities had swung into motion on August 5 after receiving a report from the Drug Controller General of India which had cited a grievance made by a professor of Department of Paediatrics, Advanced Paediatrics Centre, PGI Chandigarh, indicating the presence of poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG) within the cough syrup.

A two-year-old woman affected by renal failure from Baddi was reportedly admitted at PGI Chandigarh on July 22.

The agency, whose Coldbest-PC cough syrup had claimed the lives of 12 infants in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir in February this yr, was already going through closure after its manufacturing licence was withdrawn. Same adulterant DEG was discovered within the Coldbest-PC syrup.

Marwaha mentioned the extra drug controller Sirmaur has already lifted information pertaining to a selected batch of Cofset-AT manufactured in September 2019 together with its samples from the unit premises. They have been despatched for lab evaluation and its experiences had been awaited.

Following a request by the state drug authorities, the DCGI additionally issued an alert for withdrawing this drug from the market yesterday.

Since the agency was already going through prison expenses after the Coldbest-PC case, all features of sale and buy of the excipients used to fabricate the chilly syrup had been already being inquired into by the police. The high quality management wing it appears has failed to check the excipient on the pre-manufacturing stage in addition to the cough syrup after it was manufactured.



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