New Delhi, January 12: The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended against using two cough syrups made by Noida-based Marion Biotech on account of their "substandard quality ".
"Two cough syrups made by India's Marion Biotech should not be used for children after the products were linked to 19 deaths in Uzbekistan," it said on Wednesday.
The products are AMBRONOL syrup and DOK-1 Max syrup.On December 27 Uzbekistan health ministry had said that 18 children had allegedly died after consuming the cough syrups. “To date, the stated manufacturer has not provided guarantees to WHO on the safety and quality of these products,” the WHO said.
"Substandard medical products are products that fail to meet quality standards or specifications and are therefore "out of specification", it said.
According to the WHO, laboratory analysis of samples of both products, undertaken by national quality control laboratories of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan found both products contained unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and /or ethylene glycol as contaminants.