The US FDA says it is working with global regulators to understand the extent of cough syrup contamination

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(Reuters) – The US Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it is cooperating with the World Health Organization and foreign regulators to support an investigation into contaminated cough syrups that have killed nearly 300 children in Africa and Asia.

In a statement, the FDA said it had no evidence that contaminated syrups had entered the U.S. drug supply chain, and advised consumers to only use drugs made to be sold in the United States, especially for children.

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Earlier this week, the WHO said it had expanded an investigation into contaminated cough syrups linked to deaths in the Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan to four additional countries, and called on governments to ensure medicines for sale are approved by competent authorities.

(Reporting by Patrick Wingrove; editing by Michele Gershberg and Chris Reese)

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