Ministry of Health says 12 essential drugs can be prescribed


Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Health has announced a list of 12 essential drugs that can still be prescribed to patients during the investigation into the link between syrups and atypical acute kidney injury in children.

Critical drugs are drugs that must be consistently consumed by patients, ministry spokesman Mohammad Syahril noted in an online conference on Wednesday.

However, the government has yet to determine whether essential medicines in syrup contain ethylene glycol (EG) or diethylene glycol (DEG).

Critical drugs that can be used according to Circulation Letter No. HK.02.02/III/3713/2022 include drugs containing valproic acid, Depakene, Depval, Epifri, Ikalep, Sodium Valproate, Valeptik, Vellepsy, Veronil , Revatio Syrop, Viagra Syrop, and chloral hydrate syrup.

“These essential drugs can be used with therapeutic monitoring by health workers,” Syahril explained.

This circulation letter on the use of the syrup on children has been forwarded to all health offices at provincial and district or city level as well as hospitals across Indonesia, he confirmed.

In addition, the circulation letter, published on November 11, 2022, was forwarded to the board of directors of the Association of Doctors of Indonesia and the Association of Dentists of Indonesia.

In addition, the letter was forwarded to the board of the Indonesian Association of Pediatrics (IDAI), the Indonesian National Association of Nurses, the Indonesian Association of Midwives and the Indonesian Association of pharmacy.

Cases of acute kidney injury in children have declined over the past two weeks after the government banned the use of syrups, Syahril noted.

According to government data as of November 15, 2022, the number of patients with acute kidney failure has reached 324 people.

During this time, 111 people have recovered, 199 people have died and 14 people were still undergoing intensive treatment.

Since Nov. 2, 2022, until now, or in the past two weeks, there has been a decline in cases, he noted.

That means cases are not going down, so the figure remains at 324 cases over the past two weeks, he explained.

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