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BPOM again announces EG-contaminated syrups

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Jakarta, IO – The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) announced three more syrups contaminated with ethylene glycol (EG) above the safe limit, bringing the total to eight.

Syrups contaminated with EG are alleged to be the cause of increased acute kidney injury (AKI) cases that afflict children in Indonesia recently. BPOM chief Penny K Lukito announced that paracetamol syrups produced by PT Afi Farma Pharmaceutical Industries, branded Paracetamol Drop, Paracetamol Peppermint Syrup and Vipcol Syrup contained excessive EG, a substance used as solvent, based on tests conducted on the samples, reported Kompas on Wednesday (2/11).

BPOM has ordered the company to stop production and distribution of all its products containing propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, sorbitol, and/or glycerin or glycerol. She said her agency would follow up in accordance with the provisions of the prevailing laws and regulations.

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“The producer is also subject to administrative sanctions in the form of withdrawal and destruction of medicinal products. An investigation will also be carried out to see any violations and alleged criminal acts related to EG and DEG contamination in the syrups,” said Penny.

The other five brands are Unibebi Cough Syrup, Unibebi Fever Syrup and Unibebi Fever Drops produced by PT Universal Pharmaceutical Industries; Flurine DMP Syrup produced by PT Yarindo Farmatama; and Termorex Syrup produced by PT Konimex. (un)

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