WHO says wider alert on contaminated J&J cough syrup ‘likely’

WHO says wider alert on contaminated J&J cough syrup ‘likely’

LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization is likely to issue a wider warning about contaminated Johnson and Johnson-made children’s cough syrup found in Nigeria last week, it said in an email.
 
Nigeria’s regulator recalled a batch of Benylin syrup last Wednesday, having found a high level of diethylene glycol in the product during routine testing.
 
The contaminant, alongside another closely related toxin, has been linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in Gambia, Uzbekistan, Indonesia and Cameroon since 2022, though there is no evidence that these incidents are linked with the new recalls.
 
The U.N. health body said it puts out global medical product alerts to “encourage diligence” by national authorities and was likely to do so in this instance, “subject to confirmation of certain details from parties”.
 
The batch of Benylin syrup recalled was made by J&J in South Africa in May 2021, although Kenvue (KVUE.N),  now owns the brand after a spin-off from J&J last year.
 
J&J has referred requests for comment to Kenvue. Kenvue was not immediately available for comment, but said this week it was conducting its own assessment and working with health authorities to determine a course of action.