Ban on more drugs harmful for vultures

Ban on more drugs harmful for vultures

Recently, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) has recommended the ban of two other drugs known to be harmful to vultures.

The DTAB has agreed to ban the manufacture, sale and distribution of two drugs used in the treatment of livestock to protect vultures. These drugs are – Ketoprofen and Aceclofenac.

DTAB is part of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It makes recommendations to the Ministry on policy decisions relating to technical aspects of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules.

Ketoprofen, aceclofenac, diclofenac and nimesulide are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They are used in animal medicine. These drugs are harmful to vultures and other birds of prey. Diclofenac is already banned in India.

Source – Times of India

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