Indonesian National Police Names Two Pharmaceutical Companies as Suspects on Acute Kidney Failure Case

- 18 November 2022 15:46 WIB
Fomepizole 1.5 ml, a drug to treat acute kidney failure, especially for children. (Indonesian Ministry of Health/
Fomepizole 1.5 ml, a drug to treat acute kidney failure, especially for children. (Indonesian Ministry of Health/

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesian National Police's Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim Polri) has named two companies, PT Afi Farma and CV Samudera Chemical, as suspects in acute kidney failure cases in Indonesia. The two companies have different but interrelated roles.

PT Afi Farma is a manufacturer of syrup drugs that contain levels of Ethylene Glycol (EG) and Diethylene Glycol (DEG) that exceed the threshold. Meanwhile, CV Samudra Chemical is a supplier of raw materials for PT Afi Farma.

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EG and DEG are strongly suspected of being the cause of many deaths in children with kidney failure.

This was stated by the National Police Public Relations through a press release published on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

In the press release, it was revealed that the determination of suspects against the two companies was carried out after the joint team of Bareskrim Polri held a case title on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, as well as examined 41 witnesses.

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"These two corporations are suspected of committing the crime of producing drugs or distributing pharmaceutical preparations that do not meet standards and or requirements for safety, efficacy or benefits and quality," said National Police Spokesperson, Police Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo.

Dedi explained, PT Afi Farma had deliberately not tested the additive propylene glycol which turned out to contain EG and DEG exceeding the threshold. The additional material is supplied by CV Samudera Chemical.


Editor: Suksmajati Kumara


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