Several syrups against cough and cold to be withdrawn from shelves
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    Several syrups against cough and cold to be withdrawn from shelves

    Following a review of the benefit-risk ratio, syrups composed with several active substances against coughs and colds will be withdrawn from the market.

    From 1 January 2020 only those containing a single active ingredient can be sold, Belgium’s Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) announced.

    The following cough syrups will be withdrawn from the market: Acatar, Broncho-Pectoralis Pholcodine, Inalpin, Longbalsem, Noscaflex Expectorans and Toplexil.

    The Pholco-Mereprine compound formula remains available until the end of May 2020.

    The consumer organization Test-Achats had already expressed reservations several years ago about the effectiveness of these cough syrups containing multiple active substances.

    The Brussels Times