ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bangladesh-Plight of Chittagong Hill Tracts

November 22, 1986 Dangerous Drugs Back to Square One IT is ironic that the Supreme Court should now direct the central drug Controller of India to investigate and decide upon whether the estrogen-progesterone (EP) combination drugs were dangerous to public health. It was in 1982 that these drugs had been banned following concerted action by drug consumers and women's and health groups. Even then the government had given itself room to manoeuvre by making the ban effective only a year later But the fact remains that it was the drug controller who had issued the ban order, presumably on the grounds that these drugs are potentially harmful and also because they are extensively misused. The authorities at that time had apparently been convinced that the hazard that the drug poses to the public far outweighs its limited and disputed usefulness. It would seem that the court order has now given the government and the drug control machinery a chance to back out of its earlier stand.

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