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Cough medicines linked to more than 300 child deaths, WHO calls for action

In response to the recent finding that more than 300 children have died after taking cough syrups containing a toxic ingredient, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged governments to take action to protect children. WHO has called for the removal of medicines containing the potentially dangerous ingredient, called PPA (phenylpropanolamine), from the market and for strict regulations on the production and sale of medicines.

The organization has also urged health care professionals to be vigilant about the use of any medicines containing PPA and to inform parents about the potential risks associated with these medicines. In addition, WHO has recommended the development of safety monitoring systems to help track and reduce any associated risks.