Officials said condition is expected to reverse after kids stopped taking the drug. However, it was being administered to the children orally because parents thought it was omeprazole syrup. Minoxidil is a compound that promotes hair growth, according to The Telegraph. They learned of the contamination when 13 parents came forward to report the hair-growth symptoms in July, followed by three more last month. The product is no longer for sale.
The "werewolf syndrome" affects relatively few people, however, it has a devastating impact on their lives.
A health ministry spokesman told AFP that 17 children had so far been affected in the northern region of Cantabria, Andalusia in the south and Valencia in the east.
"My boy's forehead, cheeks, arms, legs and hands filled with hair". He had the eyebrows of an adult.
Carcedo said the laboratory had been closed as a precaution.
"They said it could be something genetic or to do with metabolism. We had to start going to the specialists to rule out several very rare syndromes and conditions", she told the Spanish paper.
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The drug's manufacturer, Malaga-based Farma Quimica Sur, has had its licence to produce pharmaceutical products temporarily suspended, according to Spain's labour ministry. The problem was when it was divided into small batches that were later also sold in bulk.
The known affected batch, from lot 11072/10/42, is now being recalled and any missing packets are being tracked down, Granada Hoy, a Spanish newspaper, revealed. The company now has six months to present AEMPS with a plan to address the issue.
Some 16 children have developed "werewolf syndrome" after being handed contaminated medication in the Costa Del Sol, Spain.
Laser-assisted hair removal is the most efficient method of long-term hair removal now available. Others have it all over the body. She is proud of who she is and doesn't hide it.
It's not doom and gloom for everyone, in 2010, Supatra "Nat" Sasuphan of Thailand was named Guinness World Record's hairiest child.
Savita Sambhaji Raut of Madhavnagar, India, gave birth to her fourth daughter with hypertrichosis in 2013.