16 children develop ‘werewolf syndrome’ after taking medicine in Spain

Sixteen children have developed ‘werewolf syndrome’ after taking contaminated medicine in Spain The youngsters have hypertrichosis – hair growth throughout their bodies – after taking a formula tainted with minoxidil, an alopecia remedy The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products ordered that several batches from Farma-Química Sur SL, a Malaga-based pharmaceuticals company, be taken out of circulation on July 11 The children were given tainted omeprazole, used to treat acid reflux and indigestion, as part of a formula   File photo of an Indian schoolboy with hypertrichosis (left) and a file photo of a Mexican man with the same condition (right) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ‘World’s hairiest girl’ unveils her new look after she ‘What you do with your life is up to you’: Bizarre US film. Share this article Share Health sources told El Pais it was noted that when the children stopped taking the medicine their hair growth subsided Parents have been advised to seek medical help if their child has been given the formula and check with their pharmacy if they have purchased an affected lot  The Spanish agency pulled a first batch off the market last month when 13 cases were reported Another three reports were made at the start of this month and another batch of Farma-Química Sur’s medicine was pulled from pharmacy shelves Officials believe the contamination could have affected up to 30 Andalusian pharmacies  Farma-Química Sur has had its licence suspended and cannot manufacture, import or distribute drugs The pharmaceuticals company has a supplier in India and it is reported by Granada Hoy, the contamination was made at source Spanish authorities say that the issue is isolated to the formulas for children and that adults taking omeprazole capsules should not worry about developing ‘werewolf syndrome ‘ What is ‘werewolf syndrome’? Hypertrichosis is the term used for the growth of hair on any part of the body in excess of the amount usually present in persons of the same age, race, and sex It is a very rare condition which patients are either born with or develop later in life  It excludes excessive hair caused by abnormally high levels of male hormones. A Nepalese mother and her children with hypertrichosis, also known as ‘werewolf syndrome’ (file photo)Excessive hair may cause cosmetic embarrassment, resulting in a significant emotional burden Treatment options are limited, and the results of therapy not always satisfactory No single method of hair removal is appropriate for all body locations or patients, and the one adopted will depend on the character, area, and amount of hair growth, as well as on the age of the patient, and their personal preference The currently available treatment methods include cosmetic procedures; bleaching, trimming, shaving, plucking, waxing, chemical depilatories, and electrosurgical epilation; and hair removal using light sources and lasers Laser-assisted hair removal is the most efficient method of long-term hair removal currently available  Source: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 

Leave a Reply

(*) Required, Your email will not be published