Indonesian Government Bans Syrup and Liquid Medicines

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Indonesian government has announced a ban on all syrup and liquid medicine prescription and over-the-counter sales.

The Health Ministry’s spokesperson, Muhammad Mansyur, said the ban comes following the deaths of nearly 100 children from acute kidney injury, AKI, this year.

Mansyur noted that the Ministry to receive 206 reported cases from 20 provinces with 99 deaths, adding that as a precaution, the ministry has asked all health workers not to prescribe liquid medicine or syrup temporarily.

The rise in childhood kidney injury fatalities comes as The Gambia’s government probes the death of 70 children from AKI linked to paracetamol syrups used to treat fever, which contained excessive levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol.

Written by: Helen Obih

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