THE National Capital District Provincial Health Authority (NCDPHA) has advised its health centres to discontinue serving five medicinal products containing Paracetamol ingredients to patients due to health risks.
NCDPHA chief executive Dr Steven Yenni made this statement in relation to the Health Department’s recent circular notice to remove the products Termorex syrup, Flurin DMP syrup, Unibebi cough syrup, Unibebi Demam Paracetamol syrup and Unibebi fever drops from all health facilities.
“We have urged our health facilities about these drugs and have also advised the public not to buy these consumables as they have contaminated substance,” he said.
In a circular notice released on Oct 26, the Health Department requested that all PHAs including area medical stores, retail and wholesale pharmaceutical suppliers and private hospitals in the country were to remove and dispose these syrups due to health risks.
These products containing Paracetamol as an active ingredient had been withdrawn from the market due to Ethylene Glycol and Diethylene Glycol compounds contamination, posing health risks.
The products were manufactured by three different manufacturers PT Konimex, PT Yarindo Farmatama and Universal Pharmaceutical Industries as per advice from the Indonesian Government.
Additionally, the Health Department was also urging the general public and health care workers not to purchase or consume these medicinal products that had been mentioned.
Meanwhile, attempts to get more comments from the health secretary over this matter had been unsuccessful
. The national / PNG health watch
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