The Ministry of Health announced today that the Corx-D cough syrup has been banned in Sri Lanka.
According to the Health Ministry, the ban was imposed following the deaths of six individuals who had taken the syrup.
In 2007 the National Drug and Cosmetic Authority had issued a special circular to all pharmacies in Sri Lanka prohibiting the issue of Corex – D syrup to patients without a doctor’s prescription.
This was to prevent its abuse as a substitute for alcohol by a large number of schoolchildren and adults.
It was reported that a significant number of school children and adults use Corex – D syrup as a substitute for alcohol. (Colombo Gazette)