The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is any connection between manufacturers whose contaminated cough syrups it has linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in three countries, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Citing “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the products, the WHO was seeking more information about the specific raw materials used by six manufacturers in India and Indonesia to produce medicines linked to the recent deaths, as well as whether the companies had obtained them from some of the same suppliers, the person said. The WHO has not named any suppliers.
The WHO also was considering whether to advise families globally to reassess the use of cough syrups for children in general while questions over the safety of some of these products were unresolved, the person said. WHO experts were evaluating the evidence for whether, or when, such products were medically necessary for children, the person said