Kochi: About 95 per cent of alcohol content was detected in the paracetamol syrup distributed for children for free through Medical service Cooperation.
A complaint given by the Manjeri Medical College Superintendent has led Kerala Medical Services Corporation (KMSCL) to stop the distributions of syrup.
But the practicality of the action is questioned as 3.5 lakh bottles of the syrup has been distributed to various hospitals.
The 95 per cent alcohol content was deducted in 125 mg of syrup supplied from a Nagpur-based company to the KMSCL last week. The syrup is prescribed for children below five years of age suffering from fever.
Normally a chemical parahydroxybenzoate is used to dilute paracetamol. But in this case, paracetamol was diluted using alcohol. This move comes despite a law that prohibits the usage of alcohol in children's medicine.