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Health Crisis In Panama As Many Die From Contaminated Government Medicines

LADB Article ID: 51565
Category/Department: Panama
Date: 2006-11-16
By: LADB Staff

The mysterious deaths of 42 people in Panama became a full-blown health crisis when it was discovered that government-made cough and anti-allergy syrups caused the illnesses and subsequent deaths. Health Minister Camilo Alleyne said that the syrups were made in a government lab operated by the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) and were mixed with diethylene glycol, an alcohol used as an industrial coolant and in glue to keep it moist.

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