In the recent development, Oxytocin production which is produced by the private pharmaceutical firms which are by private retail chemists has got banned from 1st September. But in this development, government-run chemist shops will not get affected by this ban.
It has been said that the Union Health Ministry had held a video conferencing call with the state governments in which the ministry discussed about the current position of Oxytocin stock as well as about the steps that they have to take in order to make it sure that there will be no shortage of this drug after the drug has got banned from 1st September.
KAPL or Karnataka Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Limited had also participated in the conference call. From the 1st September, only KAPL will be a public entity as it would be permitted to manufacture as well as distribute about the Oxytocin in India.
The production of Oxytocin by the private pharmaceutical firms as well as Oxytocin sale by the private retail chemists will now get banned from 1st September, but government-run chemist shops will not get affected by this ban as they will continue to sell this drug. The Centre has banned the import of the Oxytocin. As per the source, KAPL has begun for the production for the first time on 2 July.
It is said that Manoj Jhalani who is the additional secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has chaired this video conference call which was held with the maternal health divisions of all the state governments. KAPL has also participated in the video call. The main purpose is to check the current position of Oxytocin stock with the help of the state governments. The health ministry will also want to know about the steps of each state government who all takes to ensure the regular availability of the drug, as said by the source privy to the development.
As per the guidance which was issued by the health ministry, KAPL is now going to have about 17 distribution centers which are across the country. The distribution centers are now not present in the 19 states as well as Union territories that include Goa, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and all the north-eastern states. The states in which the nodal centers are not present will have a nodal center in the vicinity for distribution.