Cough syrup that killed 18 children in Uzbekistan, prison for 23 people

2024-02-26 22:21:34 / BOTA ALFA PRESS

Cough syrup that killed 18 children in Uzbekistan, prison for 23 peopleA court in Uzbekistan has sentenced 23 people to prison, due to the death of 68 children who used a contaminated cough syrup.

The defendants have been found guilty of tax evasion, sale of counterfeit or substandard drugs, abuse of public office, negligence, and bribery.

The sentences vary from two to 20 years.

The number of deaths made public by the court in the city of Tashkent is higher than previously reported.

About 65 deaths have been registered at the start of the six-month trial, and prosecutors added three more last month.

The contaminated syrups were manufactured by Marion Biotech in India and distributed by Quramax Medical in Uzbekistan.

Singh Raghvendra Pratar, executive director at Quramax Medical, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the maximum sentence.

Former senior officials, who were responsible for licensing imported drugs, have also been sentenced to several years in prison, according to the Reuters news agency.

In January last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said two Marion Biotech cough syrups were substandard after 18 Uzbek children died shortly after using them.

The WHO had said that the two syrups - Ambronol and Dok-1 Max - had unacceptable amounts of contaminants.

Marion Biotech has denied the allegations and said it disagrees with the findings.

Production has since been suspended by India's Ministry of Health, and the company's license has been suspended by authorities in India's Uttar Pradesh region, where it was headquartered.

In March last year, the company's licenses were finally cancelled.

The court has decided that the families of the 68 children who died will be compensated with 80,000 dollars.

The same amount of money will also be received by the families of the four children who were left with consequences after consuming the syrup. /rel

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