Cough Syrup


The World Health Organization (WHO) identified the presence of a contaminated cough syrup in Marshall Islands and Micronesia. The syrup is said to be made by an Indian manufacturer. Up on carefully analyzing the contents of the syrup, the Therapeutic Goods Administration concluded that the syrup has “unacceptable” amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. According to a statement by WHO, “The substandard product referenced in this Alert is unsafe, and its use, especially in children, may result in serious injury or death”

Other side effects of consuming this syrup could be abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, the inability to pass urine, headache, an altered mental state and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The cough syrup is made by India’s QP Pharmachem Ltd., and marketed by Trillium Pharma.

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