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Toxic chemical found in killer Bangladeshi drug

Bangladeshi authorities said Tuesday they had found traces of a toxic chemical in paracetamol paracetamol

see acetaminophen.

acetaminophen, paracetamol

an analgesic and antipyretic drug in dogs. It is contraindicated for cats because of serious side-effects which include intravascular hemolysis, methemoglobinemia and hepatic necrosis.
 syrup believed to have killed two dozen children in the past six weeks.

Health Minister A.F.M Ruhul Haq said investigators had found diethyl glycol glycol (glī`kōl), dihydric alcohol in which the two hydroxyl groups are bonded to different carbon atoms; the general formula for a glycol is (CH2)n(OH)2.  in the locally produced syrup.

"We conducted two tests on the paracetamol syrup and each time we found diethyl glycol. It's a toxic chemical used in the textile and leather dyeing industries. It damages your kidneys if you consume it," the minister told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

Haq said instead of mixing the paracetamol with propylene glycol propylene glycol

a chemical used industrially as an antifreeze, solvent stabilizer, as a preservative in liquid livestock feeds and pharmaceutically as a vehicle or solvent for medicinal preparations.
, which is used as a solvent in paracetamol syrup, the drug maker added the toxic industrial chemical because it is ten times cheaper.

The 24 children who died were aged between one and five and came from the eastern district of Comilla, where authorities have closed the drug company that made the adulterated a·dul·ter·ate  
tr.v. a·dul·ter·at·ed, a·dul·ter·at·ing, a·dul·ter·ates
To make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients.

1. Spurious; adulterated.

2. Adulterous.

Police are hunting the company's owners and pharmacists.

In 1992, 300 Bangladeshi children died when diethyl glycol was used in the same way.

New rules were introduced soon after but are not always enforced.
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Date:Jul 28, 2009
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