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21 Mär 2023

Valdya Baraputri & Lara Owen, BBC News Asia

Indonesia: Court allows class action lawsuit over contaminated cough syrup linked to children deaths

"Indonesia cough syrup deaths: Relief for families as court allows lawsuit", 21 Mar 2021

Parents whose children died or were injured by tainted cough syrup have wept with relief after an Indonesian court allowed a class action lawsuit.

"My child's struggle was not in vain," said Nur Asiah, whose four-year-old daughter died last year.

Her family and the relatives of 24 other victims have brought the case against Indonesia's government and eight pharmaceutical companies.

More than 200 Indonesian children have died of acute kidney injury since 2022.

Indonesia is not the only country hit by contaminated cough syrup. About 100 deaths have been reported in The Gambia and Uzbekistan.

An investigation is continuing in Indonesia, but local authorities say so far no evidence shows links with cases in other countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued warnings about six cough syrups made in India and Indonesia...

BBC Indonesia tried to contact the eight companies being sued but not all of them responded before Tuesday.

"It is not appropriate if the responsibility is only placed on the pharmaceutical industry," said the lawyer of PT Afi Farma, whose cough syrup was used by the majority of children in this case, adding that the government should also be held accountable.

Another company PT Universal Pharmaceutical Industries said it had been using the same Indonesian Food and Drug authority (FDA) certified system for about 30 years for their cough syrup brand and it had bought the ingredients from an FDA-approved supplier...

A Health Ministry spokesperson said it had been working on a compensation scheme.

"We have tried our best by quickly finding causes, exchanging information with other countries, the WHO, and bringing in antidotes to treat toxic substances."

Indonesian authorities have found that local chemical companies used industrial grade solvent material - Ethylene Glycol and Diethylene Glycol - in the syrup amid a global shortage of pharmaceutical grade solvents. The two substances are typically used in antifreeze solutions for air-conditioners and fridges.