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WHO alerts for contaminated jars in Belice, Pakistan and other countries

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Ginebra, 7 December – La Organización Mundial de la Salud (WHO) advised today of the hallazgo in various countries of five jarabes and suspensions with “unacceptable cantidades” of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, potentially toxic substancesin the seventh alert that will be issued from October 2022 on similar cases around the world.

The contaminated jars are called Alergo, Emidone, Mucorid, Ulcofin and Zincell, produced by the Pakistani laboratory Pharmixand the contaminated units have now been located in Pakistan, Maldivas, Belize, Fiji and Laos, according to a statement from the WHO.

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The contamination was notified on November 8th and an inspection of the affected laboratories was carried out, where as a precautionary measure it was ordered that the affected products be suspended.

The WHO advises that diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol are toxic to humans and can be fatal, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, urinary insufficiency, head pain and renal insufficiency.

The first similar alert in the last 14 months was produced in October 2022, when contaminated medications of this type were released Gambiafrom which it is believed that they caused at least 70 deaths.

A month later the WHO issued another alert that affected you Indonesiawhere the lapses could have been up to 200, and by 2023 one was published for Camboya and Uzbekistan, where this is the last one where at least 21 deaths were accounted for.

In April, another alert was issued for contaminated jars in two countries of Oceania (Micronesia and Marshall Islands), on July 19th another one affected in Cameroon and in August one in Iraq.

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