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WHO sounds alarm over contaminated Pakistani cough syrups

09:51 AM | 16 Apr, 2024
WHO sounds alarm over contaminated Pakistani cough syrups
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ISLAMABAD - World Health Organization has sounded an alarm about contaminated batches of surups containing propylene glycol, a solvent that caused deaths in children in several countries.

WHO caution comes after Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) issued a betwlert between January and March regarding high levels of ethylene glycol (EG), an industrial solvent, found in drums purportedly made by Dow Chemical subsidiaries in other nations.

The samples tested by DRAP showed EG contamination ranging from 0.76% to 100%, while international standards deem levels below 0.1% safe.

Contaminated cough syrups from India and Indonesia have been linked to over 300 child deaths globally since late 2022 due to high levels of EG and diethylene glycol. In Indonesia, false Dow Thailand labels were found on drums containing EG sold for pharmaceutical use.

DRAP seized batches labeled as manufactured in 2023, months after a WHO global alert on verifying supplier quality. Dow confirmed that the materials in the alert were not theirs, suggesting deliberate mislabeling.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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