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Babies contract ‘werewolf syndrome’ from tainted formula

Parents in Spain were recently shocked to see that their babies were growing furry facial hair — resulting from a botched medication mixture, they later learned. The remedy they thought would treat their infant’s indigestion had been tainted with a medicine to treat alopecia  — a hair loss condition. As a result, 16 babies developed hypertrichosis, otherwise known as “werewolf syndrome,” a condition in which hair grows all over their bodies, the Daily Mail reports. The indigestion medication, omeprazole, was made by Farma-Química Sur, and was part of a formula for babies. Spanish health officials say the medicine was contaminated at its source in India. They learned of the contamination when 13 parents came forward to re ...