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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b556

Painkiller blamed for children’s deaths in Nigeria: The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in Nigeria has announced that 84 children have died and a further 27 have fallen ill since November after taking a pain relief syrup called My Pikin. It discovered in November that the product contained the chemical diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent found in antifreeze that is sometimes used as a cheap alternative to …

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