Deaths from Bad Meds in Panama Exceed 200

December 15, 2006

PANAMA CITY – The number of people who have died after consuming tainted medications produced by Panama’s CSS social-security agency may exceed 200, according to reports filed with the Chief Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Dimas Guevara told reporters Dec. 4 that his office has received 240 reports of people who fell ill after consuming medicines tainted with an industrialuse alcohol, 220 of whom were said to have died.

He added that these cases were reported by people who informed prosecutors about family members of victims.

The “kidney syndrome” is caused by the toxic substance diethylene glycol, an alcohol for industrial use contained in cough syrups and skin lotions manufactured at a laboratory belonging to the CSS, the government agency that administers the national health-insurance system.

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

How to file a criminal complaint, or ‘denuncia,’ in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
395 views
Costa Rica
395 views

How to file a criminal complaint, or ‘denuncia,’ in Costa Rica

Caeli Chesin - March 22, 2019

In Costa Rica, a criminal complaint can report workplace harassment, a home invasion or sexual assault, among other crimes related…

Off the eaten path: Aroi Thai
Dining & Nightlife
585 views
Dining & Nightlife
585 views

Off the eaten path: Aroi Thai

William Ayre - March 22, 2019

Aroi Thai was the first Thai restaurant in Costa Rica. They started as a delivery-only service before opening a restaurant…

Costa Rica confirms measles cases in children of United States citizens
Costa Rica
3141 views
Costa Rica
3141 views

Costa Rica confirms measles cases in children of United States citizens

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 21, 2019

Costa Rica is enacting a National Surveillance Protocol after confirming two cases of measles, the Health Ministry announced Thursday afternoon.…