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Cough syrup deaths in Uzbekistan: 3 employees of Noida firm arrested

Three employees of a Nodia-based pharmaceutical firm, whose cough syrup is alleged to have caused the death of 18 children in Uzbekistan last year, was arrested by the Noida police on Friday (March 3).

According to officials, the arrests took place after an FIR was lodged late Thursday night against five officials of Marion Biotech, including two of its directors. The FIR was lodged  after a complaint was made by a drugs inspector of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).

The central and Uttar Pradesh state drug authorities had checked samples of Marion Biotech’s drugs and found 22 of them to be “not of standard quality” (adulterated and spurious), according to the complainant drug inspector.

“Three persons named in the FIR have been arrested, while the two directors of the company are at large. Those arrested are Tuhin Bhattacharya, head operation; Atul Rawat, manufacturing chemist; and Mool Singh, analytical chemist,” Phase 3 police station in-charge Vijay Kumar told PTI.

Marion Biotech, which has its office in Sector 67 here, had come under the scanner in December last year for its cough syrup Dok-1 that is suspected to have led to the death of 18 children, who consumed it in Uzbekistan, after which the CDSCO launched a probe into the matter.

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