Tuesday, February 11, 2014

OXYTOCIN-A hormone drug

  • A hormone drug which is misused by dairy owners and farmers to boost milk production and plump up the size of vegetables and fruits
  • It is believed that those consuming such dairy products and vegetables and fruits are hit by irreversible hormonal imbalance.
  • Under Schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rule, 1954, the drug can be distributed on the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner only. 
  • Further, to avoid its bulk sale, Oxytocin injections are packed only in single unit blister packs. 
  • The alleged abundant availability of the drug through traders and use of drugs by dairy owners, in a clandestine way, has been a matter of great concern for public health, officials of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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