Toxic substances found in Lahore-based company’s cough syrup

04:36 PM | 17 Nov, 2023
Toxic substances found in Lahore-based company’s cough syrup
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LAHORE – A cough syrup manufactured by a Lahore-based pharmaceutical company has been in Maldives due to presence of dangerous substance in it. 

Reports said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also issued an alert after unacceptable level of 'Diethylene Glycol' and 'Ethylene Glycol' substances were found in it in screening. 

In line with the alert, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has also directed authorities to remove all badges of the syrup from the market. 

The syrup used to supply to Maldives and four other countries while it is also sold in Pakistan. 

It is recalled that an India cough syrup was banned last year after it caused death of several children due to excessive amount of 'Ethylene Glycol'.

The Maldives Food and Drug Authority (MFDA) said in a statement earlier this week that additional batches of the syrup were screened and all batches were found to contain the chemical.

"Therefore, it is hereby publicly announced that the import, sale and use of any batch of this drug, this brand, is prohibited in the country from Sunday," the MFDA announcement said.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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