Output of syrup linked to Uzbek deaths halted

STORY: Production of a cough syrup linked to the death of 18 children in Uzbekistan has been halted.

Indian maker Marion Biotech said Thursday (December 29) that it had stopped all output.

Spokesman Hasan Harris said India’s government was conducting a probe into the events.

He said the company regretted the deaths, but wouldn’t comment on exactly what happened in Uzbekistan.

India’s drug regulator said it had inspected Marion’s production facility in the city of Noida.

A day earlier, the Uzbek health ministry said that at least 18 children had died after consuming the syrup.

It reportedly contained ethylene glycol, a toxic substance.

It’s believed the product was also consumed in excessive doses, sometimes on the advice of pharmacists.