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  • Updated: April 11, 2024

NAFDAC warns against toxic cough syrup

NAFDAC warns against toxic cough syrup

Following recent toxicity findings in the laboratory on Benylin Paediatrics Syrup manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has recalled the product.

This was due to the unacceptably high level of Diethylene glycol content found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals.

The agency disclosed this on Wednesday.

A product recall is an important method of managing risks in response to product safety events and emergencies.

NAFDAC said it had directed the marketing authorisation holder of Benylin Paediatric syrup (Johnson and Johnson company, West Africa) to initiate the recall of the batch and the notice will also be uploaded to the WHO Global Surveillance and Monitoring System.

“Benylin Paediatric syrup is indicated for the relief of cough and its congestive symptoms and for the treatment of hay fever and other allergic conditions in children aged two to 12 years.

“Diethylene glycol is toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal. Toxic effects can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death,” NAFDAC said

 

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