Banned Chemical Found in Antibiotic

Title: Banned Chemical Found in Antibiotic
Date: 2011/06/09

Banned Chemical Found in Antibiotic

Major hospitals yesterday temporarily suspended use of the prescription antibiotic Augmentin, which is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline PLC, following reports that tests had confirmed the presence of a banned chemical.

The news came after a TV news station recently sent samples of the antibiotic, which is produced and packaged in the UK, for laboratory testing, where it was discovered that the medicine tested positive for diisodecyl phthalate, or DIDP, at levels of between 14.8 parts per million (ppm) and 18.1ppm.

DIDP is one of six chemicals that have been banned from use in food and beverages by the Department of Health, along with di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), di-nbutyl phthalate (DBP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP) and butylbenzyl phthalate (BBP).

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