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Distortions Inherent in Drug Policy

Distortions Inherent in Drug Policy K Jayaraman ARUN BAL'S comment titled 'Distortions in Drug Policy: Who Is to Be Blamed?' (EPW, June 7) on my comment on Drug Policy issues (EPW, May 3) traverses the familiar ground of one-sided presentation of facts and figures, without analysing the real causes of distortions objectively. His very opening sentence that I have sought "to give the impression that the pharmaceutical industry is the main victim of the 1978 national drug policy" betrays a certain biased approach to the whole problem. One need not, and indeed should not, take a fixed, pre-conceived position of 'pro' or 'anti' industry in any serious discussion of the issues on hand. Any objective appraisal of policy should take into account both the pros and cons and if, in certain areas, the facts go to support the industry, these should not be grudged. It is in this perspective that my present comment should also be viewed.

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