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Defective outer cap

| Updated on January 19, 2018

#Buccolam oral syringe

Defective outer cap

A defect has been reported in Buccolam plastic syringes, and parents and care-givers should carefully inspect the syringes before administering medicine to children, a note from the European Medecines Agency said. Buccolam is an epilepsy medicine for children, available as pre-filled oral syringes. In a few cases the outer cap has not come off and the translucent tip-cap stops the medicine from leaving the syringe, or the tip-cap has come off in the patient’s mouth and being inhaled or ingested.

# Drugs for Somalia

Humane gesture

GNH India has delivered a not-for-profit consignment of eight basic medicines to war-torn Somalia, the company said. Even though under a US trade sanction, GNH chose to put humanity before profit to ensure that at least rudimentary medical aid reached those who needed it the most. A Somalia based pharmaceutical company approached GNH to provide drugs such as antibiotics, dietary supplements for infants, multi-vitamins, pain killers and general anesthetics, the note said.

# Diptheria outbreak

3 lakh Bangla kids vaccinated

As part of an intensified response to the diphtheria outbreak, the WHO, UNICEF and health sector partners are working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas. Nearly 150,000 children aged six weeks to seven years received pentavalent vaccine (that protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenza type b and hepatitis B), and nearly 166,000 children aged 7 to 17 years were given tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine, during a three-week vaccination campaign that ended on 31 December.

Published on January 19, 2018

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