Indonesia bans cough syrup and liquid medicines after 99 children die

  • Francis Mao
  • BBC news

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Indonesia says it has temporarily banned the sale and use of all types of syrup and liquid medicines

The deaths of nearly 100 children in Indonesia prompted the country to stop selling all oral liquid medicines.

The decision comes just weeks after the cough syrup was linked to the deaths of nearly 70 children in The Gambia.

Indonesia said some syrups contain ingredients linked to acute kidney injury, which has killed 99 children this year.

It is not clear whether this drug was imported or produced locally.

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