- Curious: They grow hair all over their bodies after taking ‘medicine for gastric reflux’
- Children were given minoxidil instead of omeprazole in a mislabeled syrup
- Her parents say that two years after the mistake, her hair is still growing
These Spanish parents are desperate, two years ago a mistake was made with the medication they gave their children and, since then, they have suffered an undesirable side effect that makes their lives bitter.
It is that hair grows all over their bodies.
What the hell happened?
About 20 Spanish children grew hair all over their bodies after they were mistakenly given a hair restorer instead of an upset stomach medicine.
Local officials admitted that a group of children were mistakenly given minoxidil, a hair growth drug, instead of omeprazole, which is used to treat gastric reflux.
The medicine, in the form of a syrup, badly labeled, was delivered to pharmacies in Granada, Cantabria and Valencia, where the pharmaceutical chemists, when the information on the label was wrong, thought it was omeprazole and mixed it in a formula to treat gastric reflux .
According to data from the Ministry of Health, the authorities discovered at the end of July last year that the mistake had been made when a group of families, represented by the lawyer Javier Díaz Aparicio, filed a complaint with the authorities.
The angry parents of the children made public and later it was confirmed that 20 children were affected in Andalusia, in the south of Spain, and the Valencian Community (to the east), prompting a similar investigation into the suspicion that there may have been made the same mistake.
It took two months for authorities to realize the labeling error and shut down the laboratory where the mistake was made and recall the drug.