A counterfeit toothpaste detected in a store in Chiriqui contains diethylene glycol - the substance that killed or incapacitated hundreds of Panamanians. when it was discovered in cough mixture - the Ministry of Health (Minsa), confirmed Monday, September 30.
According to the Ministry, the counterfeit products are of the Colgate Triple Action brand of 75 milliliters and would have been manufactured in Guatemala.
Although the irregular product was found and confiscated in a shop in the province of Chiriquí, the health authorities have asked the entire population to verify the lot numbering when buying the toothpaste of that brand. The lot number containing toothpaste with diethylene glycol is L9099CT1034 , with an expiration date of April 2022, they detailed.
Previously, the Department of Pharmacy and Drugs of the Minsa had said they were doing the analyzes to determine if the toothpaste contained the chemical compound or not.