Police Probes BPOM Officials in Syrups Linked to Kidney Failure Cases

Summary

The police have started investigating officials from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) amid a probe into drugs triggering kidney failure in children. The Director of Specific Crimes at the Police Criminal Investigation Agency Brigadier General Pipit Ismanto said he had investigated the head of the BPOM laboratory on Nov 23. Investigators asked for information about laboratory results showing the content of Ethylene glycol (EG), Polyethylene Glycol (PG), and Diethylene glycol (DEG) in the syrup.

"Yesterday, the head of the laboratory was asked about the results of the drug examination," Pipit said on Thursday. So far, four BPOM officials have been questioned and examined regarding their authority in supervising drug distribution. "They have explained their respective job descriptions," he said. However, Pipit refused to specify who was being investigated and who would be questioned further.

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