Govt bans import of oxytocin | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2018

Govt bans import of oxytocin

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Aiming to stop hormonal imbalances and shortening of the lives of milch animals, India has banned imports of the hormone oxytocin to stop its misuse in the livestock industry.
Often called as love hormone, oxytocin is released naturally in human bonding activities such as sex, childbirth and breastfeeding.
The government has also asked customs officials to step up vigilance against those likely to try and smuggle oxytocin into India, the customs agency. The government has decided to rely on domestic production to satisfy requirements of the hormone, the Central Board of Excise and Customs added, ordering an immediate ban on imports, whether for human or animal use. The drug’s abuse in animals in India shortens their lives and makes them barren sooner. India has halted retail sales of the prescription-only drug in 2014, but regulators have struggled to curb illegal sales, and the volume of imports is unclear. It should be noted that a panel of top drug experts had recommended an import ban in February, the minutes of their meeting. It also recommended that sale be limited to registered government hospitals and clinics, a bar code system used on all forms of the drug to ensure tracking and prevent abuse.

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