Indonesia Syrup Was Pure Toxic, Court Papers Show

By The Owner. Health

An Indonesian drugmaker whose cough syrup is among products linked to the deaths of more than 200 children last year used ingredients with toxin concentrations of up to 99 percent in 70 batches of medicine, prosecutors said in a court filing.

Two batches of propylene glycol, a key base for syrupy medicines that Afi Farma received from October 2021 to February 2022 and used in its cough medicine, contained instead as much as 96 percent to 99 percent of a toxic substance, ethylene glycol (EG), a charge sheet in the case showed, in an undated court filing.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the safe limit for the known toxins EG and diethylene glycol (DEG) is no more than 0.10 percent, based on global standards.

The accusations against drugmaker Afi Farma were made in a court in Kediri, in the province of East Java, where the company is based.

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