Dangerous medicine – level 2
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 children died in Gambia, Indonesia, and Uzbekistan after they used cough syrups.
The syrups had dangerous chemicals which caused serious kidney problems. These chemicals were so dangerous that small amounts were deadly, and they should not be in any medicines. People bought the syrups without prescriptions from a doctor. The WHO said that the syrups were on sale in the Philippines, Senegal, and Cambodia, too.
The WHO asked all 194 member groups to take action. Governments and regulators need to watch drug manufacturers to confirm that they test their medicines well.
Difficult words: on sale (available for people to buy), prescription (a piece of paper which a doctor writes and gives you the right to get a medicine at a drugstore), regulator (an organization which controls the activities of businesses).
You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.
What should governments and regulators do to prevent dangerous cough syrups from being sold to children?
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