Propylene glycol banned in Indian medicines after cough syrup deaths
India has recently banned the use of propylene glycol in certain medicines, following reports of deaths linked to cough syrup in Uzbekistan.
Propylene glycol is a common additive used in several pharmaceutical products, including cough syrups and other liquid medications.The ban, which was announced by India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, came after at least 60 people died in Uzbekistan due to the consumption of cough syrup containing propylene glycol.
The chemical was used as a solvent in the cough syrup, which was manufactured by a local pharmaceutical company.
Propylene glycol is generally considered safe when used in small amounts, but excessive consumption can cause serious health problems, including liver and kidney damage, seizures, and even death.
The ban in India applies to medicines containing more than 1% propylene glycol by volume, and manufacturers have been given three months to reformulate their products.The decision to ban propylene glycol in certain medicines is a proactive measure aimed at protecting the health and safety of Indian consumers.
The Indian government has urged manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe and comply with all relevant regulations.