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Panama: Over 100 die following contamination of cough syrup ingredients - supply chain involves Chinese, Spanish companies; charges brought against managers of Panamanian importer Medicom

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3 June 2007

Luciani, Villalaz and Jované charged for poisoned medicine [Panama]

Author: Eric Jackson, Panama News

Prosecutors have charged Seguro Social director René Luciani and his predecessors Rolando Villalaz and Juan Jované with negligent homicide in the poisoned medicines scandal...Luciani's...negligent acts contributed to the diethylene glycol (DEG) poisoning deaths of at least 101 and possibly more than 300 persons...The latest charges are in addition to earlier charges against…individuals at Medicom. The toxic DEG was labeled at "TD glycerin"... at the Taixing Glycerin Factory in China and the labels were switched at least once...in a chain of commerce that stretched from the factory through CNSC Fortune Way, a Chinese wholesaler, to Rasfer SA, a Spanish wholesaler to the Panamanian importer Medicom to the CSS. By all account the material came to Seguro Social mislabeled as medical grade glycerin.

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Author: El País [España]

Panamá vivía todavía bajo los efectos de la intoxicación masiva por un jarabe contaminado que, desde octubre pasado, ha causado la muerte de 104 personas...El envenenamiento...por ingestión de un jarabe contra la tos, elaborado y distribuido gratuitamente por la Caja del Seguro Social, es la consecuencia de una larga cadena de actuaciones negligentes que arranca en China y culmina en [Panamá]...En realidad, lo que viajaba en el cargamento fabricado por la empresa Taixing Glycerine Factory...y expedido por la intermediaria Fortune Way...no era glicerina, sino dietileno-glicol, un disolvente...mortal para el consumo humano. El certificado de análisis y la documentación aseguraban lo contrario. La mercancía hizo una escala en Barcelona, donde otra intermediaria, Rasfer International, se limitó a colocar sus etiquetas sin comprobar el contenido de los contenedores. Y así llegó hasta Panamá, donde la importadora, Medicom, SA, alteró la fecha de caducidad, según las autoridades. [tambien se refiere a Vendela, J&M]

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