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Spurious Cough Syrup: J&K HC Defends Compensation for Victims’ Families | India News


JAMMU: The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir confirmed on Monday the validity of an order approved by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) awarding monetary compensation of 3 lakh rupees to each of the family members. of every child who dies after consuming spurious cough syrup.
Twelve children from poor families in the Ramnagar area of ​​Udhampur district had died in January and February 2020 after ingesting a spurious cough syrup.
Upon disposing of a writ petition, the divisional court composed of Presiding Judge Pankaj Mithal and Judge Sindhu Sharma held that, considering the general facts and circumstances of the case, the court did not consider it appropriate to exercise its extraordinary discretionary jurisdiction to interfere with the approved orders. by the Commission.
Jammu-based social activist Sukesh C Khajuria had filed a complaint about it in June 2020 with the NHRC seeking action, claiming that the tragedy had occurred due to the negligence of drug control department officials. and food. Following a notification from the NHRC, the department of health and medical education submitted a report stating that an investigation was conducted and 33 samples of the leftover / partially consumed cough syrup and test reports were collected. indicated the presence of parabens and diethylene glycol. that may have caused the deaths.
Consequently, an FIR was filed under the Medicines and Cosmetics Act against the manufacturers of the cough syrup. In September 2020, the NHRC found procedural flaws on the part of the drugs department in maintaining regular surveillance on the contamination and content of drugs sold within its jurisdiction, and ordered compensation of Rs 3 lakh each to relatives. closest to each deceased child. On this, the J&K administration, the health and medical education department and the state drug controller had submitted a written petition requesting the annulment of the orders.

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