Two respiratory drugs sold in stores in Spanish-speaking neighborhoods contain illegal drug ingredients that can cause liver failure and severe skin reactions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. The drugs Baczol Antigripal and Expectorante, manufactured by the El Salvador company Laboratorios Lopez, are marketed as a treatment for bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory infections. They contain sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, which have been found to cause liver failure, serious skin reactions and blood cell abnormalities. Some of the drugs also list dipirona on the labels, which is a nonsteroidial anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is not legal in the United States. ... Read More
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